Political Science

Program Features

Political Science encompasses the study of political theories, processes and institutions alongside 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.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Political Science major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 120: Comparative Gov't and Politics ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101: English Composition ............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I ............ 3cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 116: Elementary Statistics ............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I ............ 0cr.

Spring

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 140: American Government and Politics ............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy ............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II ............ 0cr.

Fall

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 277: International Relations ............ 3cr.
  • ECONOMICS 200: Micro Economics ............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives Elective ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 200: Philosophical Perspectives ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 301:Political Philosophy ............ 3cr.
  • ECON 201: Macroeconomics ............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Political Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Political Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • ER/S Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Political Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Political Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • DCR Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 390:Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • Political Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Political Science Elective #6 ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Oral Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

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) - Introduction 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.

Clubs

Political Science Club

Xavier's Political Science Club is a fun and open platform for students of all backgrounds, political beliefs and ideologies to come together and discuss current events and political "hot topics." This club is meant to provide a non-partisan space to promote growth and further interest in politics.

Mock Trial Team

The overall purpose of Xavier's Mock Trial Team is to develop legal and trial skills and to prepare prospective law students for law school and the legal world. Members will gain trial experience in a "mock" setting and also learn from a team of Cincinnati area attorneys and former Mock Trial participants who serve as coaches.

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Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's Political Science program are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top fields: city planning, public relations, government relations, nonprofit organizations, campaign fieldwork, consumer research, legislative aid

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Internships

Students gain real-world experience through internships and academic seminars in Cincinnati, Washington, D.C. and the Ohio State Legislature. Students also participate in the department's Summer State Politics Internship Program at the Ohio General Assembly.


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Study Abroad

Political Science students can learn about international politics firsthand in one of Xavier’s study abroad programs. Programs for political science majors are offered in Paris, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Australia and a host of other countries.


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Research Opportunities

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


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Political Science Major at Xavier University

Xavier’s political science program challenges students to pursue answers to the vital questions of equity, justice, and peace in the modern world. Our rigorous courses consider the best political and social science literature with a focus on gaining a deeper understanding of contemporary domestic and foreign controversies, including those of human rights, democracy, equality, race, poverty, social class and war.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."