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Political Science, BA

Political Science, BA2018-06-20T02:00:35+00:00

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Political science is as old as the Athenians and as current as today’s newspapers, yet its study, especially in a democracy such as ours, serves to inform those who will be taking over positions of power and responsibility in the very near future.

Saint Joseph’s political science students will understand the basic principles of political science, with a special focus on the four main divisions in political theory: American government, international studies, comparative politics, and public administration. Upon completion of the requirements of this major, students will be better prepared for continued study at the graduate level in political studies, law, or several of the related areas well served by this academic foundation.

At a Glance

  • Emphasizes the development of skills in communication, research, and analysis.
  • Dynamic, dedicated faculty experts with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring.
  • Well-connected network of alumni in local and federal government.
  • Leadership opportunities within the Political Science Club.
  • Established Washington Center internship program; students accepted to the program live and intern in Washington, D.C. for a semester.


The Political science curriculum covers topics in American government and politics, international relations and globalization, counter-terrorism, research methods, and more. For further specialization, a Political Science major may choose from one of four areas of concentration in history, international, statistics, or law.

minor in political science is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.

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Political science studies provide the necessary background for careers in teaching, research, public administration, the non-profit sector, journalism, law, international service, affairs or business, government or elective office, and public service.



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