Political Science Department

Think Globally, Act Globally

Politics matter on a local, national and international level. Our students know that, and they know they can make a difference through politics.

Some of our students make this difference by working in public policy, some pursue law degrees, and others immerse themselves in international relations.


Meet a POLS senior!

Anna Cron is a double major POLS (International Relations focus)/Latino and Latin American Studies.

Favorite POLS class to date? Comparative Politics 

Goal for your senior year? I want to soak up as much information as I can from my classes and peers; complete my CSB/SJU bucket list, write a thesis I'm proud of, and successfully produce Extending the Link's 9th documentary. Oh, and maybe get a real world job for after graduation. That is, if I graduate.

Advice for 1st year students?      1) Become friends with the people in your major- together you will drink copious amounts of coffee, brainstorm research design ideas, pull all-nighters studying for finals, and take naps in Simons 1.    2) Your professors are invaluable resources in helping you develop personally, academically, and professionally. Don't be afraid to go into their offices seeking advice or help on assignments.   3) Have an open mind! Even if you think you know what profession you want to pursue someday, do not block yourself off from the endless amount of opportunities out there.   4) APPLY! APPLY! APPLY! The only way to win the lottery is to buy a ticket.   5) Make sure to get involved early on in your college career with the McCarthy Center and other organizations on campus, but know your limits. You have four years of college and the rest of your life to work. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Overview of Program

  • Our program begins with important groundwork in U.S. politics, international relations, political theory, and political life
  • It continues with higher level courses in political institutions, public policy, law and courts, and comparative politics
  • It is completed during the senior research seminar, a project that will incorporate all the student has learned over the course of study
CSB/SJU Political Science Department vs. Other MIAC Schools
  • CSB/SJU ranks second to Carleton College out of 12 total MIAC schools in the number of full-time political science faculty.
  • CSB/SJU currently has ten full-time political science faculty members.
    CSB/SJU – 10 full-time faculty members
    St. Thomas – 5 full-time faculty members
    Hamline University – 4 full-time faculty members
    Concordia College – 5 full-time faculty members
    Gustavus – 7 full-time faculty members
Program Highlights
  • Satisfy your IC requirement! Prepare for the GLOBAL Century!
    The Common Curriculum requires completion of a course with an Intercultural Course designation. POLS 121-Intro to International Relations will satisfy that requirement. Sections of this course are offered both fall and spring semesters.
  • Recent CSB/SJU political science graduates have attended Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Duke Law School, University of California-Berkeley, New York University Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, University of Notre Dame Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, as well as many others.
  • Our Mock Trial team is very active and has landed in the top 20 in the National Championship Tournament several times in recent years.
  • The Washington D.C. Summer Study program takes students to Washington, D.C. for an eight-week, eight-credit internship working in various governmental organizations (including Congress)
  • The CSB/SJU Debate team, under the guidance of Dr. Christi Siver in the Political Science Department, just completed its fourth year.  CSB was host to the 29th Annual Minnesota State Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Championship Tournament in February, 2013.

News and Media
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Alumni profile

 Mary Uran

POLS & COMM Double Major  '06; Master of Public Health Nutrition, U of M

Currently Executive Director and Co-Founder, Girls on the Run Twin Cities

Immediately after graduating from St Ben's, I moved to Washington D.C. to work for the National Association of Attorneys General. I first worked as a paralegal on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, and then upon deciding to forego law school, moved to serve as coordinator of the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute. 

 What do you think was valuable about your experiences as a Political Science major? All of the opportunities to hone my writing and critical thinking skills. Access to professors such as Scott Johnson, Phil Kronebusch and Claire Haeg, who served as great teachers, supporters and mentors. The format of most Political Science classes provided a space to listen to differing opinions, have healthy debates, and ultimately build confidence in my own beliefs, values, issues to advocate for and mission in life. The emphasis on gaining practical experiences through internships and volunteering was also invaluable. 

Truman Scholars

Two in a Row for the Political Science Department!

Tyler Brown was named a 2014 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.  Read his story.


Rachel Mullin was named a 2013 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Read her story.

Our department has  a proud history of Truman Scholars.:

  • Peg McGlinch 1994
  • Emily Dahm  1996
  • Dan Boland 1996
  • Amy Hertel 1998
  • Brendan Kelly 1998
  • Rachel Mullin 2013
  • Tyler Brown 2014

CSB/SJU Political Science Major Barry Griffin ('09) Moots for Her Majesty.

Contact Us

Dr. Claire Haeg
Department Chair
Simons 144
Saint John's University
(320) 363-2080

Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
1st floor Simons Hall - SJU
(320) 363-2731