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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 (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.


From White House intern to full-time employee: Bridget Cummings '15 returns to White House as a staff assistant

December 14, 2015
By Annie Dittberner '17

After Bridget Cummings spent a summer in Washington D.C., she wanted to go back.

And back again.

The 2015 graduate participated in two internships over two summers in Washington. When she graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May, she started working full-time at the White House in August.

Read more.

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 an eight-week, four-credit internship working in various governmental organizations (including Congress)
  • The CSB/SJU Debate team, under the guidance of Dr. Christi Siver in the Political Science Department, just completed its fourth year.  CSB was host to the 29th Annual Minnesota State Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Championship Tournament in February, 2013.

News and Media

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

Alumni profile
Mary Baumgard '13

I'm currently the Operations Manager at New Blue Interactive, a boutique digital fundraising firm in Washington DC that specializes in Democratic races, including congressional races and state parties.

The best thing about a my political science degree is that it prepared me for not only work in politics but working in a variety of fields, where I can have confidence in what I am doing, how I am approaching issues, and how I am presenting solutions to others.

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

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Contact Us

Dr. Claire Haeg
Department Chair
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Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
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