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Political Science @ Baylor University

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. And our PhD program is among the most highly-rated at Baylor University.

We offer a well-rounded education in all the major subfields in political science, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including political theory, American political institutions, public law, public policy and administration, comparative politics, and international relations. In addition, we offer numerous opportunities for research, travel to conferences, and political and legal internships, and we do all this in the context of the small-school, Christian environment for which Baylor has become famous.

Undergraduate Program

The department offers undergraduate majors in both political science and international studies. And we have a pre-law track for undergraduate majors interested in preparing for careers in law. We also offer courses that prepare students for competition in Moot Court, Model United Nations, and Model Organization of American States.

Undergraduates interested in careers in politics, or in simply becoming effective citizens, can take advantage of our Public Service Internship Program, which offers "hands on experience" in governmental and other public organizations; or our Washington Internship Program, which provides academic credit for a summer in our nation's capital. Finally, the Bob Bullock Scholars Program allows students to work in the Texas Legislature.

Graduate Program

Our graduate program in Political Science continues to thrive. We offer a PhD in political science (which has 25 students matriculated as of fall 2017). We also offer Master's Degrees in International Relations (MAIR), and in Public Policy & Administration (MPPA), as well as a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy and Administration (JD/MPPA).

Baylor graduate students benefit from close relationships with individual faculty members in their areas of research, from top-notch teaching and mentoring, and from a wealth of stimulating intellectual and cultural events around campus.

In short, we offer a student-centered, outstanding preparation in political science and we are excited for you to be part of the Baylor experience!