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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 60 years, 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

Political Science is located in the Political Science House and houses the 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

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Please contact Political Science for scholarship information.

Dr. Jon R. Taylor
Prof. Rick Young

Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Andrew Laham
Dr. William Kilgore 
Prof. Michael Upchurch