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.
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:
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:
A political science degree opens the door to many possible career opportunities, from journalist to intelligence officer.
Considering Law School? St. Mary’s has several options you should consider now to achieve your goals.
The Pre-law Program provides students with relevant information and opportunities to enhance their chances for admission to the law school of your choice.
The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program offers advantages to motivated, talented students who plan to attend law school and graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Speech Communications. To view a list of recommended courses for this program, click here.
The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program allows outstanding St. Mary’s graduates to receive guaranteed admission to the St. Mary’s School of Law if they meet certain conditions.
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.