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University of St. Thomas - Houston Political Science major in political science building Government impacts almost everything around us, from the condition of the roads we travel to the signal for our smartphones. Studying political science will give you a deeper understanding of how government operates, and the skills to influence it for the better. From public policy to justice, local issues to international relations, political science is the key to understanding what Aristotle called the affairs of the people.

The Political Science degree is offered through the Center for International Studies, the longest-running center of its kind in Houston. The Center empowers you with knowledge and prepares you for a dynamic spectrum of global careers, from advocacy to commerce, diplomacy and public service.

Pre-Law Track: Direct Path to Law School

Dr. Jon Taylor teaches a Political Science class at the University of St. Thomas - HoustonExcited to get into law school and become a lawyer? Law schools set high admission standards, and competition can be tough.

The Pre-Law Track at UST sets you up for success, ensuring you meet every requirement for applying to law school. Combine the Political Science major with the Pre-Law Track to complete all the prerequisites for your application to any Texas law school.

Pre-Law Track

Forge a Better Future

University of St. Thomas - Houston student in Political Science library​Few social sciences offer as many career opportunities as political science. Political science is the most versatile of the social sciences, encompassing a wide range of fields, from politics and government to economics and law to history, sociology and psychology. Many UST Political Science graduates go on to rewarding careers in law, government and education. Alumni are now serving as:

  • congressional leaders
  • federal and state judges
  • college professors
  • business executives
  • community leaders
Jesse Bounds, University of St. Thomas - Houston Political Science graduate

Employers care about character, intelligence and work ethic. No university is better at developing these qualities than UST.

Jesse Bounds Director of Innovation, City of Houston | B.A. Political Science & International Studies, 2005

Make Your Mark In Mock Trial Program

University of St. Thomas - Houston Mock Trial teamGet hands-on experience debating issues in the role of an attorney, in the Mock Trial program. Compete on a team against other universities and achieve honors that will set you apart for future opportunities. While learning about the judicial system, you’ll develop critical thinking, speaking and debate skills.

The UST Mock Trial team is a rising star, soaring higher in competition every year!

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Developing Minds & Leaders Through Faith

University of St. Thomas - Houston students walk in front of Chapel of St. BasilBold ethical leadership is essential to a brighter future for society. The UST core curriculum revolves around Catholic values of respect for diverse perspectives, a rigorous critical approach and a vibrant community built on understanding and acceptance.

With these principles, we can grow to our full potential, academically and spiritually. UST Political Science graduates are driving positive transformation in how governments fulfill the needs of communities at every level.