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Political Science Major

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. 

Rhodes Scholar - Truman Scholar - Fulbright Winner
POLS graduate!

Rachel Mullin

Rachel Mullin (CSB '14) was a Truman Scholar as a junior, earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Malaysia as a senior, and was named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.  She will study at Oxford University pursuing two master degrees, the first in refugees and forced migration studies, and the second in international diplomacy and global governance.

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
Program Highlights
  • 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 students to Washington, D.C. for a ten-week, four-credit internship working in various governmental organizations (including Congress)

News and Media

What jobs do our POLS graduates have? Explore them here.

Sean Suter (SJU '10)  In January 2016, I began working as an international economist in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  

What was the best part about being a POLS major? The political science professors at CSB/SJU pushed me to develop an array of skills -- from critical analysis of arguments and logical reasoning, to how to clearly communicate my thoughts in writing or public speaking. These abilities have allowed me to pursue areas of professional and personal interest, such as international development economics, that I never would have imagined for myself as an 18-year-old first-year.

Truman Scholars

Two in a Row for the Political Science Department!

Tyler Brown was named a 2014 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Read his story.

Rachel Mullin was named a 2013 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Read her story.

Our department has a proud history of Truman Scholars:

  • Peg McGlinch 1994
  • Emily Dahm 1996
  • Dan Boland 1996
  • Amy Hertel 1998
  • Brendan Kelly 1998
  • Rachel Mullin 2013
  • Tyler Brown 2014

Find Out More

Contact Us

Dr. Claire Haeg
Department Chair
SJU Simons 144
320-363-2080
[email protected]

Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
SJU Simons 150
320-363-2731