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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program is intended to help students understand the fundamentals of scientific-based inquiry, the postulating of cause-effect relationships, and the marshalling of evidence using quantitative or qualitative methods to draw conclusions about problems in politics.

UMSL’s Political Science majors want to make a difference. Our graduates are working to make a better world as leaders of public, nonprofit, and business organizations in the United States and around the globe. They include elected officials, judges, agency heads, attorneys, corporate public affairs executives, university professors, secondary school educators, foundation officers, and policy advocates.

The BA in Political Science requires at least 36 hours of political science course work, 15 hours of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, including PS 3950 Senior Seminar. Students may count up to 3 hours of political science taken on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis toward the major; this can include any course except PS 1100, PS 1500, PS 2000, and PS 3950. 

Core Course Requirements
POL SCI 1100 Introduction To American Politics 3
POL SCI 1500 Introduction To Comparative Politics 3
POL SCI 1800 World Politics 3
POL SCI 2000 Political Analysis 3
POL SCI 3950 Senior Seminar In Political Science 3
Total Hours 15

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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