Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Undergraduate

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.

required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements.

Required Courses: 30 units

To major in political science, students must complete a minimum of 30 units of political science coursework, including at least 6 units of introductory coursework and the Introduction to Quantitative Methods (U25-323) course.

Of the remaining 21 units of elective coursework in political science, at least 18 units must be at the 300- or 400-level. 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 students to explore a wide variety of courses in political science. Your program should be planned in close consultation with an academic advisor.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

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.

Personal statement

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)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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"I work full-time, and splitting online and on-campus courses has helped to manage my life from week-to-week. Despite my schedule I still feel like I am a part of the Washington University community."

―Joel PughB.S. in Political Science, Minor in Global Leadership Management

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Still have questions?

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu