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Welcome to Political Science!

Baylor's Political Science Department is renowned for its high quality teaching and for professors who care about students. Our majors have gone on to become lawyers, journalists, politicians, lobbyists, diplomats, political analysts and teachers. We place students in top law schools around the country such as Georgetown and Harvard, and in top graduate programs such as Yale and Princeton. We offer a well-rounded education in all the major subfields in political science, numerous opportunities for hands-on political and legal experience, research and travel, and we do all this in the context of the small-school, Christian environment for which Baylor has become famous.

We have fifteen full-time faculty members, so students can be assured of getting to know professors individually, establishing professional relationships that last a lifetime.

We offer courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration, public policy, and public (constitutional) law. We also offer an undergraduate major in International Studies, a minor in Criminal Justice, and a pre-law track for political science majors who are interested in law school. At the graduate level, we offer a PhD in Political Science, Master's Degrees in International Relations (MAIR) and Public Policy and Administration (MPPA), as well as the Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy and Administration (JD/MPPA) jointly with the Baylor University School of Law.

We are located on the third floor of Burleson Hall - Baylor's picturesque, Victorian-Gothic landmark. State-of-the-art facilities such as "smart classrooms" make class time a multimedia experience. Students can analyze political speeches as they occur, connect directly to political and academic venues through the web and study the effects of policies using advanced statistical software. Several computer labs are available for students in the department, as well as numerous lecture and seminar-type classrooms. Since faculty offices are located in the same building as student classrooms and computer labs, professors remain easily accessible when students need them most.