POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 432, (651) 962-5720
Hoffman (chair), Buhr, High-Pippert, Mazumdar, Winters

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/politicalscience/

The program of courses offered by the Political Science Department is designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of political processes, governmental institutions, and theories of politics.

As one of the liberal arts, political science enables students to develop skills in communication and analytic problem solving that are useful in a wide variety of careers, including business. More specifically, the major in political science prepares students for the study of law, graduate programs in political science or public administration or for careers in government, politics, the non-profit sector, or teaching.

Students graduating with a major in political science will have a broad overview of the discipline, as well as substantive familiarity with at least two of the five political science sub-fields: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, law and judicial politics, and political thought. At various points in their study of political science, majors will develop a wide variety of skills, including skills related to the carrying out of research projects, the interpretation of empirical data, and the presentation of their work to a wider audience.

Students majoring in political science must take a minimum of twenty-eight credits in political science at St. Thomas. No more than eight of the credits taken outside of the department shall be numbered 300 or above. 

Students minoring in political science must take a minimum of sixteen credits in political science at St. Thomas. 

The department also offers courses for non-majors to fulfill the Social Analysis component of the core curriculum. 

Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, established the Chi Theta chapter at St. Thomas in 1999. The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is to acknowledge superior performance in the study of political science, to forge closer links between faculty and political science majors and minors, and to stimulate political interest in the St. Thomas community.

Pi Sigma Alpha is open to juniors and seniors who meet the following qualifications for membership. Students must have completed at least three political science courses and be currently enrolled in or have taken a fourth. Two of the four courses must be UST political science courses, and one of the four must be at least a 300-level course. Additionally, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 in political science courses and be within the top third of their graduating class.

Major in Political Science

Political Science - Major Field Guide

  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
  • POLS 205 Introduction to the American Public Policy Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 225 Introduction to World Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 275 Introduction to Political Thought (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Sixteen credits in POLS 300-level courses (completed in at least two of the five sub-fields)

Plus:

  • One POLS 400-level seminar
  • Four elective credits

Note: Students are encouraged to take an experiential learning and/or individual research course.

Teacher Licensure

Elementary Education with a Specialty in Social Studies (5-8)
Co-major in Social Studies (5-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education

Minor in Political Science

  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • POLS 205 Introduction to the American Public Policy Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 225 Introduction to World Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 275 Introduction to Political Thought (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • Twelve credits in 300-level courses (completed in at least two of the five sub-fields)
  • One 400-level seminar may be completed in place of a 300-level course. 

Prerequisites

  1. Students who intend to complete a major or minor in political science may not enroll in a 400-level seminar unless they have completed successfully a 200-level or 300-level course in the sub-field of the 400-level seminar.
  2. Students who are not pursuing a major or minor in political science must obtain permission of the instructor of a 400-level seminar and the department chair to enroll in that seminar if a 200-level or 300-level course has not been completed in the sub-field of the seminar.
  3. All students enrolling in a 400-level seminar must have senior status or obtain permission of the chair.
Course Number Title Credits
POLS  104 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec 4
POLS  205 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process 4
POLS  225 Intro to World Politics 4
POLS  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
POLS  269 Research 2 OR 4
POLS  275 Intro Amer. Political Thought 4
POLS  296 Washington Center 1 OR 2
POLS  297 Topics 4
POLS  298 Topics 4
POLS  301 American Political Behavior 4
POLS  302 Women and Politics 4
POLS  303 Urban/Metro Politics & Govt 4
POLS  305 Congress and the Presidency 4
POLS  307 Public Pol Analysis & Admin 4
POLS  309 Environmental Policy 4
POLS  311 Political Trials 4
POLS  312 Judicial Process 4
POLS  313 Constitutional Law/Politics 4
POLS  314 Constit Rights & Liberties 4
POLS  320 American Foreign Policy 4
POLS  321 Comparative Foreign Policy 4
POLS  326 Intl Law & Organization 4
POLS  328 International Security 4
POLS  350 Comparative Politics of Europe 4
POLS  352 Politics of Developing World 4
POLS  354 Politics of Post-Soviet States 4
POLS  356 Politics of South Asia 4
POLS  372 Theories-Political Constit 4
POLS  373 Citizens and the State 4
POLS  375 American Political Thought 4
POLS  389 Research 2 OR 4
POLS  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
POLS  404 Seminar in American Poltics 4
POLS  414 Seminar in Law/Judicial Pol 4
POLS  424 Seminar in Int'l Politics 4
POLS  454 Sem in Comparative Politics 4
POLS  474 Sem in Political Thought 4
POLS  475 Experiential Learning 2
POLS  476 Experiential Learning 2
POLS  477 Experiential Learning 4
POLS  478 Experiential Learning 4
POLS  480 Research Seminar 4
POLS  485 Seminar 4
POLS  486 Seminar 4
POLS  487 Topics 2
POLS  489 Topics 4
POLS  490 Topics 4
POLS  491 Research 2 OR 4
POLS  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4