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.

Advising

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Request an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.

Natalia Kolk
Natalia Kolk
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6742

Elisa Wang
Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6793

Meet with Natalia

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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.

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
2.7 minimum GPA

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 and the required documents have been received.

Transcripts

Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. 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. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.

Personal Essay

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? Is there additional information we should know about you 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.

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Joel Pugh

"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 PughBS 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