Department of
Political Science
Storch Building
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Tel. 210-999-8318
Fax 210-999-8320
Arleen Harrison

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History, Mission and Vision

The Department of Political Science has a long and rich tradition of providing a quality undergraduate education.  Whether you’re planning to major in political science or just take a course or two to develop your civic competency, you will find the department’s faculty to be committed to teaching and working with you. 

Our seven full time faculty members offer forty courses in five sub-fields of political science:  American politics, comparative politics, international politics, public law, and political theory.  All courses are designed to help students develop their analytical, verbal, writing, and research skills. On occasion, special topics classes are offered when the need arises.  Examples of recently offered special topics include The Politics of Non-Profits, Agents and Others: Ethical Politics in the Modern World, Election Statistics 2004, and Religion and American Politics. The department also offers a research methods course and encourages students to take research courses from other departments, such as geographic information systems, mathematics, and statistics.

Political scientists seek to understand how governments, political institutions, and the political processes impact our lives individually and collectively.  The department’s curriculum is designed to help students develop the analytical and research skills critical to sophisticated political analysis.  In consultation with their academic advisors, students are able to choose courses within the major and in other disciplines that will provide the framework for developing these skills.

The entering student is encouraged to take an introductory course in American politics, comparative politics, or international affairs.  These provide the student with a broad understanding of major national and global issues along with an overview of major institutions.

Most of the introductory courses are also part of the university’s Common Curriculum and are open to all students.  Students with AP credit should consult the chair of the department to be assured that they have not already received credit for a course they might choose.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in political science requires 11 courses in the political science curriculum.  Generally, at least one course must be taken in each of the five subfields of the discipline, and students have the option to choose from one of five concentrations:  General Political Science, Comparative/International Politics, American Politics, American Politics, and Law, and American Public Policy. In some concentrations, students must also complete courses in other departments.  By taking six courses from the department, a student may minor in political science.

Distinctions:

 

  • Trinity students have access to a rare undergraduate internship opportunity with Federal District judges, as well as Washington, D.C. summer programs and study and internship experiences abroad.

  • The department annually sends students to national policy conferences.

  • The department prepares students for graduate school in political science, public policy, and related fields.

  • A strong emphasis is placed on civic competency and engagement, not just learning but “doing” politics.