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    4 Years

Program Overview

If you enjoy grappling with public policy issues, or you're fascinated by the ideas and ideals that underlie politics in the United States and the world, the political science major at Saint Mary's may be a great fit for you.

Students will gain knowledge in a wide array of the major's subfields:

  • International relations explores how countries and other international entities (such as the UN and non-governmental organizations) do or do not cooperate to prevent war and to solve other pressing global problems
  • Comparative politics analyzes how different types of political systems democracies and non-democracies, for instance, govern themselves
  • Political theory examines the ideas that underpin varied governments and ideologies
  • American politics examines elections, parties, interest groups, and, of course, U.S. governmental institutions and the policies they produce
  • Research methodology focuses on how to conduct and interpret research such as public opinion surveys

Majoring in political science prepares students for careers in government at the local, national, or international level for careers in law or for further study in graduate school, by developing systematic understanding of American government, politics, policy, and institutions, and international processes and issues.

Career Options

Government administrators, executives and legislators; government lawyers; judges; news analysts, reporters, and correspondents; public interest advocates; and public interest lawyers.

Course Information

Preparing students for governmental careers, law or graduate school, coursework includes government, law, policy and public administration classes.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official Test Scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An Essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of Recommendation are optional.
  6. If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
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Key Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $37,650 Per Year


Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$380
Laundry fee:$80

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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