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Dr. Jon Taylor Talks Texas Political, Y’all

Before he gets into the day's discussion in the Texas Politics class, Professor and Chair of Political Science Dr. Jon Taylor plays a little music. "It's a fun time as an icebreaker," he said. "Then we start off with what's in the news, what's being said about Texas government and Texas politics." By visiting bipartisan websites, presenting lectures and then encouraging discussion, students learn about the politics of our state. View a sample class with Taylor, and go deep in the heart of Texas.

Today, it is important for all citizens to be familiar with a system of government that affects virtually every facet of life. The study of political science shows how governments operate and how politics is practiced. It is a diverse discipline and involves the study of both governments and related institutions at the local, state, national and international levels. The program is flexible, and students are encouraged to tailor their studies in anticipation of specific careers, graduate school or law school.

For more than 50 years, the Department of Political Science has provided educational opportunities for University of St. Thomas undergraduate and graduate students who have gone on to become leaders in the worlds of politics, business, law and education. The department has three full-time faculty members who offer courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science take courses in the following areas:

  • American Government
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law and Policy

The Political Science Department is located in the Political Science House on campus. Departmental facilities include a Mock Trial master classroom, the Michael J. Upchurch Student Lounge and a seminar room.

We welcome you to our department and hope that you will spend some time exploring the many things we have to offer. If you have questions, please contact us.

Majors
Political Science, B.A.

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Political Science 
Public Administration

Popular Joint Majors
International Studies, History, Environmental Studies

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Dr. Jon R. Taylor, Chair
taylorj@stthom.edu
713-525-3856
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Dr. Jean-Philippe Faletta
Prof. Rick Young

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Prof. Jeremy Heallen
Prof. Theresa Heard
Dr. Donald Post
Prof. Michael Upchurch 

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