Undergraduate Program (BA)

Political Science

You love to discuss current events beyond sports scores or the latest meme. Congratulations! Political Science is looking for you. Now all your experience in high-school student government and the debate club can be put to good use as you build a career that can have a big impact on the world, and you'll have numerous internship opportunities at the local, state and national level.

Sample Four-Year Political Science Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
POLITICAL SCIENCE 120: Comparative Gov't and Politics 3
ENGLISH 101: English Composition 3
Foreign Language I 3
MATHEMATICS 116: Elementary Statistics 3
First Year Seminar 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
POLITICAL SCIENCE 140: American Government and Politics 3
Scientific Perspective 3
Foreign Language II 3
PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
POLITICAL SCIENCE 277: International Relations 3
ECONOMICS 200: Micro Economics 3
Quantitative Elective 3
Theological Perspectives Elective 3
PHILOSOPHY 200: Philosophical Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
POLITICAL SCIENCE 301:Political Philosophy 3
ECON 201: Macroeconomics 3
Social Science Elective 3
Writing Intensive Elective 3
Historical Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Political Science Elective 3
Political Science Elective 3
ENGLISH 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination 3
ER/S Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Political Science Elective 3
Political Science Elective 3
DCR Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
POLITICAL SCIENCE 390:Seminar 3
Political Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Political Science Elective #6 3
Creative Perspectives Elective 3
Oral Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Political Science major at Xavier:

Comparative Government and Politics (POLI 120) - ntroduction to and comparison of political systems in several national settings.

American Government and Politics (POLI 140) - Introduction to the theory and practice of the American political system.

International Relations (POLI 277) - The theory of international relations, nationalism, imperialism, disarmament and arms control, diplomacy, collective security.

Political Philosophy (POLI 301) - Detailed examination of basic problems in political philosophy. Emphasis is on the significance and critique of classic modernity.

INTERN Intern in Washington D.C. or the state capitol in Columbus, where you'll work with politicians and interest groups on real issues.

INTERN

Intern in Washington D.C. or the state capitol in Columbus, where you'll work with politicians and interest groups on real issues.

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GRADUATE SCHOOL PREP

Work closely with professors to present a paper at a conference or publish in our undergraduate research journal, the Xavier Journal of Politics.

FLEXIBLE CAREER PATH

Political Science graduates have many options when it comes to careers. Set yourself up for a successful career in politics, law, business or public service after graduation.

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE

Gain real-world experience through internships and academic seminars in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., and the Ohio State Legislature, or study abroad in France, Ireland, Belgium, or Japan.

Xavier by the numbers

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AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

65,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

91%

OF SENIORS RATE THEIR EXPERIENCE AS GOOD OR EXCELLENT

100%

PLACEMENT RATE AMONG XAVIER POLITICAL SCIENCE GRADUATES

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Political Science at Xavier

Holistic Learning

During your four years here, you'll learn in a holistic environment that's as challenging as it is rewarding. At Xavier, classes are never taught by teaching assistants. Plus, tutors and peer-led instructors are available to make sure you always understand your coursework. In the Jesuit tradition, we call that Cura Personalis.

Program Overview

Xavier's program provides students the opportunity to examine particular topics in depth through elective courses.

For the major, students must complete four foundational courses, one advanced seminar and six political science electives.

CAREERS AFTER GRADUATION

Political Science students have many options when it comes to choosing a career after graduation. Most graduates of the program have accepted jobs in

  • City Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Government Relations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Campaign Fieldwork
  • Legislative Aide
  • Consumer Research

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