Political Science Department
Think Globally, Act Globally
Politics matter on a local, national and international level. Our students know that, and they know they can make a difference through politics.
Some of our students make this difference by working in public policy, some pursue law degrees, and others immerse themselves in international relations.
Overview of Program
- Our program begins with important groundwork in U.S. politics, international relations, political theory, and political life
- It continues with higher level courses in political institutions, public policy, law and courts, and comparative politics
- It is completed during the senior research seminar, a project that will incorporate all the student has learned over the course of study
CSB/SJU Political Science Department vs. Other MIAC Schools
- CSB/SJU ranks second to Carleton College out of 12 total MIAC schools in the number of full-time political science faculty.
- CSB/SJU currently has ten full-time political science faculty members.
CSB/SJU – 10 full-time faculty members
St. Thomas – 5 full-time faculty members
Hamline University – 4 full-time faculty members
Concordia College – 5 full-time faculty members
Gustavus – 7 full-time faculty members
- Satisfy your IC requirement! Prepare for the GLOBAL Century!
The Common Curriculum requires completion of a course with an Intercultural Course designation. POLS 121-Intro to International Relations will satisfy that requirement. Sections of this course are offered both fall and spring semesters.
- Recent CSB/SJU political science graduates have attended Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Duke Law School, University of California-Berkeley, New York University Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, University of Notre Dame Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, as well as many others.
- Our Mock Trial team is very active and has landed in the top 20 in the National Championship Tournament several times in recent years.
- The Washington D.C. Summer Study program takes up to a dozen students to Washington, D.C. for an eight-week, eight-credit internship working in various governmental organizations (including Congress)