School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
About the program
Through the courses it offers, the research its faculty, staff and students conduct, and through the events it sponsors, the St. Mary’s University Department of Political Science seeks to examine two vital questions: What is – as Aristotle called it – the good life, and how can we, as members of the civic community, be effective creators of a good life characterized by legal and social justice?
To answer this, the Department commits itself to the education of the whole student, to the scholarly life, and to an approach that reaches out in service to society. The goal of the Political Science Department is for its graduates to take the answers they formulate here and apply them in their careers, private lives and future education and to foster the building of a good life in themselves and others.
Students can pursue one of the following program options:
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Peace Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Security Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Social Studies Teacher Certification (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with the Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program
- Combined Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in International Relations
- Minor in Political Science
- Minor in International Public Careers
- Minor in Public Careers
Courses and degree plans
Political Science majors also have the option of earning a certificate in one of two areas during their junior and senior years. The certificate options include:
- Certificate in Public Communication
- Certificate in Public Policy and Public Leadership
A political science degree opens the door to many possible career opportunities, from journalist to intelligence officer.
Law School Options
- The Pre-law Program increases your chance of gaining admission to law school.
- The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program helps motivated students graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International and Global Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies.
- The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program guarantees St. Mary’s graduates admission to the School of Law, if they meet certain criteria.
For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.
Political Science Living and Learning Community
The Political Science Living and Learning Community (POLLC) is an opportunity for first year Political Science freshman to live and take classes together, participate in Political Science LLC 2015department and university activities and events, and are mentored by a department faculty member. POLLCers learn about the diversity of the discipline, engage with faculty members and their research specializations and interests, and develop clear career goals related to the discipline by participating in the year long experience.