Department of Political Science

Political Science Program Overview

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Political Science Programs

Political Science involves the study of political theories, processes and institutions as well learning firsthand about the practice of government and politics.

Xavier's program is structured to give students a systematic view of the major fields of political science, including American government, comparative government, political theory, and international relations. The program also provides students the opportunity to examine particular topics in depth through elective courses, as well as the chance to engage politics directly by participating in one of our department's political internship programs or engaging in a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project of their own.

Political Science Major

For the Political Science major, students must complete four foundational courses, one advanced seminar and six political science electives. In addition, all political science majors complete two semesters of economics (ECON 200 and ECON 201) and one semester of statistics (MATH 116 or 156).

Political Science Minor

Political science minors complete four foundational courses and one elective course.

Related Programs

Students may also consider related majors and minors, including International Studies, Political Communication and Political Thought. Details on each of these programs is available at the links on the left side of this webpage. Download Printable Brochure for an Overview of Our Department and Programs.

Contact the Department

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Anas Malik, Chair of the Department of Political Science at