Political Science

A successful career in the field of political science begins with a firm grounding in a liberal arts education. Through the Political Science program at the University of Saint Francis, you will learn about diverse areas, including American politics and government, international and comparative politics, constitutional law, state and local politics, and the American presidency. This wide array of courses allows you to shape your major as you broadly prepare for a wide range of professional fields after graduation.

The Political Science program is tightly interwoven into the fabric of the USF community. Regardless of your major, you will benefit from USF’s commitment to the importance of law and politics in shaping your awareness of issues that affect the local, national and global communities. As a Franciscan institution of higher learning, USF will help you develop a deeper appreciation for the potential of law and politics to create meaningful social change in broad areas like social justice, diversity and conflict resolution.

Political Science

33 credit hours

You will be required to complete the following 18 credit hours:

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • American Government and Politics
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Senior Thesis in Political Science

In addition, you will complete 15 elective credits. To meet this requirement, you will select five of the following courses:

  • State and Local Government
  • The American Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • The American Judiciary
  • Comparative Politics and Legal Systems
  • Catholic Political Thought
  • International Relations
  • Law and Literature
  • Business Law
  • Special Topics in Political Science
  • US Political Parties and Elections
  • International Law and Organizations
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Internship