A political science major offers you the opportunity to study political life as part of a broad liberal education. It is a useful step toward law or business school. Other political science students pursue careers or further education in public administration, urban planning, journalism, education, and social work, or in federal, state, or local government.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. To major in political science you must complete a minimum of 30 units of political science course work, including at least 6 units of introductory course work, a 300-level course on research methods, and at least 18 units at the 300- and 400- levels. The 18 advanced units for the major must include at least one 3-unit course from three of the following five fields:
- American politics
- Comparative politics
- International politics
- Political and social theory
- Methods of political research and analysis
The department encourages you to explore a wide variety of courses in political science. Your program should be planned in close consultation with an academic advisor.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Political Science undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Political Science undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
- Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
15 units of course work in Political Science, including at least 9 units of advanced-level courses. See exceptions on the course listing table: http://polisci.wustl.edu/undergraduate/course_listings
- Download the Transcript Release Form.