Political Science major | University of St. Thomas Houston
Print Page Email Page
Bookmark and Share

Political Science major

Student Graduation Speaker Finds Success 2nd Time Around
UST Students, Veteran Volunteers to Help the Community
Ruff Dreams Big with ScribeSense
Dr. Jon Taylor Talks Texas Political, Y'all
Student Graduation Speaker Finds Success 2nd Time Around

With so many TV blockbusters on criminal justice, people are fascinated by what Christine Konecny does, however, the real life forensic scientist is quick to clarify that, unlike the Hollywood dramas, she neither wears high heels to work nor packs heat. What the 2005 UST biology graduate does is identify DNA profiles and help solve crimes. Read more

UST Students, Veteran Volunteers to Help the Community

Frederick Heard is a full-time, veteran student at the University of St. Thomas, who joined the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree program and strives to use his military experience to continue to help the Houston community through volunteer work. Read more

Ruff Dreams Big with ScribeSense

John Ruff, a political Science major, helped the ScribeSense team win at the Dream Big America competition. Ruff presented a product that grades assignment as well as analyzes students’ progress throughout their academic career, which makes life a lot easier for both students and teachers. Read more

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.

Political Science, B.A.

Political Science 
Public Administration

Popular Joint Majors
International Studies, History, Environmental Studies

Course Catalog
What can I do with this major?
Political Science Brochure

Please contact the Political Science Department for scholarship information.

Dr. Jon R. Taylor, Chair

Ms. Theresa Heard, Administrative Assistant

Dr. Jean-Philippe Faletta
Prof. Rick Young

Adjunct Faculty
Prof. Jason Cox 
Prof. Jeremy Heallen
Prof. Theresa Heard
Dr. Donald Post
Prof. Michael Upchurch 

Social Media Accounts
Facebook: UST PoliSci

Apply Now


Start planning for your future at UST.

Apply now

Degrees & Programs


See our comprehensive list of majors, minors and programs offered.

Read more

Featured News

UST Class$10K Scholarships Offered for New Leadership Minor

The Center for Ethical Leadership will begin awarding ten $10,000 scholarships to...

University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX - Educating Leaders of Faith and Character
Integrating Faith & Reason
The University of St. Thomas located in Houston, Texas is dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character. UST is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houston’s Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947.
Helpful Links
Contact Us
  University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626
Follow Us
like us on facebook follow us on youtube follow us on twitter see us on instagram follow us on Tumblr follow us on linkedin join us on google plus
Contact Us
  University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626

Follow Us


Copyright © 2016 University of St. Thomas.
All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Clery Act | Title IX | Accreditation | Report A Problem | Emergency & Safety | Maps & Directions | Site Map