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Political Science

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

Political Science

Welcome to Political Science!

Political Science is a study of power. Who has it, when, and why. We seek to understand the consequences of power structures across cultures, institutions, and political actors. In this time of unparalleled change, understanding power - and politics-is key tp understanding and engaging in the world around us. Our goal is to challenge our students to become - and to continue becoming- leaders.

We are committed to providing students with a superior education through challenging and innovative course work, skills-building instruction, exposure to professional methods, and unique opportunities to gain experience beyond the classroom through inter-collegiate competitions, student debates, undergraduate research experiences, travel-study opportunities and internships.

Our more popular courses include Revolutions and Social Movements, Terrorism and Political Violence, the Presidency, US Party Politics, Women and HealthCare in California, and Health and Human Rights.

We invite you to explore our concentration in Public Policy, and our minor programs as well, which include Pre-Law, International Relations, and Women's Studies. Our Pre-law students often participate – and win! - in Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions.

We also host an exciting and unique honors program that focuses on fieldwork, international travel and developing undergraduate research skills- the Global Women in STEM and Policy (GWSTEM) Honors Program.

Our faculty are dedicated to helping you become a well-rounded scholar and leader. Whether you are thinking about law school, public policy, healthcare policy, politics, community organizing, teaching, international development or careers in human rights – we have expert faculty ready to help you build a career and reach for the stars

Our overarching aim is to create engaged and informed citizens who are capable of effectively participating in, and contributing to, the society in which they live, armed with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles.

We have a dynamic department with students engaging the world. We hope you will explore what we have to offer.

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Lia Roberts, PhD, Professor, Department Chair, History, Political Science

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Political Science
MA, University of Tennessee, Department of Political Science
BA, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Department of Political Science


Degree Requirements

Pre-Law Minor

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"The pre-law minor at Mount Saint Mary’s is unparalleled! My time in Mock Trial and Moot Court taught me practical skills—public speaking, critical thinking, and argumentation—that are invaluable for a career in the law, and the substantive coursework, including courses in Constitutional Law, Individual Rights, and Legal Reasoning, gave me the background knowledge to hit the ground running in my studies at Yale Law School. As I approach my law school graduation, I cannot thank the department, and especially Dr. Boutrous, enough for all they did to ensure I had the tools necessary to succeed in law school and in my future career as an attorney."

-Melanie Sava
Mount Saint Mary’s University ‘17
Yale Law School ‘20

For students who minor in Pre-Law, our goal is to prepare them for the demands of legal study and the legal profession. We teach students the analytical, writing, and advocacy skills that will be expected of them in law school. Students are required to take Legal Reasoning in which they learn to function under the Socratic Method, brief cases and take law school style exams. At the heart of the program are the award winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams which compete in on-campus and intercollegiate tournaments.

Courses regularly offered include: Legal Reasoning; Constitutional Law; Individual Rights; Criminal Law; and Women & the Law. Students are encouraged to take pre-law courses from other programs including: Symbolic Logic and Business Law.


Please contact Dr. Helen Boutrous for further information about MSMU's Pre-Law Minor.

Global Women in STEM and Policy (GWSTEM)

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The Global Women in STEM and Policy Undergraduate Research Training Honors Program (GWSTEM URTP) trains cohorts of undergraduate women to conduct basic and applied research in both the sciences and social sciences with a focus on global and interdisciplinary approaches. This program is a reflection of the Mount's mission and strategic plan to empower women, engage in a global environment, and to increase undergraduate research opportunities. Take courses in Policy and STEM. Engage in Summer Research Abroad!

Open to Majors in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Global Politics


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Download GWSTEM Poster (PDF)