Department of Political Science

In the Department of Political Science, we introduce you to the major methods of the field, and provide a background in the concepts and developments of both Western and non-Western political theories. We examine the process of political change as it affects modern society and determine its impact on the practices, processes, and current problems of national and international societies.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science. In addition to a wide range of elective courses from which to choose, we supply ways to connect the concepts learned in class to the political world through fieldwork requirements, the Washington Semester Program, and internship opportunities.


The faculty in the Department of Political Science is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for politics with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of interest include Latin American politics, democratization, political identity, liberalism and religion, Christian political thought, women candidates, environmental politics, and public law.


You’ll find our political science alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at Drake University, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Oklahoma. With a degree in political science, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.