Prof. Dave Dixon with Colby Alexis and Yara Mroueh

Political Science

Our Political Science Program offers students an opportunity to gain a systematic understanding of the role of government and political behavior in human societies of the past and present. Such understanding is an important element of a modern college education and contributes significantly to professional and civic judgment.

SJC prepares you well for law school: Prof. Dave Dixon with Colby Alexis '14 (L) and Yara Mroueh '13 (R). Yara attends Chicago–Kent College of Law. Colby's LSAT score was in the 97th percentile. He attends Northwestern Univ. School of Law.



BA in Political Science (4 year)


American Politics, Comparative and International Politics, and Political Theory

Also available as a minor

Why Political Science?

  • 1As a Political Science major, you will gain insight into the role of government and political behavior in societies of the past and present, which will also help you further develop your professional and civic judgment.
  • 2With a degree in Political Science, you will be prepared to pursue careers in business, teaching, foreign services, government service, media, law, and more.
  • 3According to the United States Department of Labor, Political Scientists make an average of $107,420 a year, making the career the 18th highest paying occupation in the United States.

Careers in Political Science

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Political Aide
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • WIlliam & Mary Law School
  • Washington University School of Law
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Mississippi

Why Study Political Science at Saint Joseph's College?


Breadth and depth of study characterizes the experience of students in Political Science. Students are able to specialize in:

  • American Politics: focuses on the formal and informal institutions of the American political system and teaches students to analyze current policy issues 
  • Comparative and International Politics: focuses on other governments and political institutions 
  • Political Theory: focuses on political ideas from the ancient to the contemporary world

Hands-on Experience

SJC Political Science students gain hands-on experience both inside and outside of the classroom. For example, students gain experience by working with our faculty. Our Political Science faculty members undertake research with their students. Recently, this research has led to the publication of a death penalty case abstract, a conference presentation, and the submission of a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal. SJC Political Science students also visit places such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California. During the semester and summer months, internship opportunities in Washington, DC are available.

Dedication to Excellence

Many Political Science majors attend law school after earning their undergraduate degree. Our majors have attended law schools such as Notre Dame, Indiana University, William and Mary, Washington University, St. Louis University, and New York University. Recent graduates have also been accepted into graduate programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Mississippi. Our students’ reoccurring success speaks for the strength of our program.

Faculty and Class Size

Our Department of Political Science consists of faculty who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise from institutions such as University of Notre Dame and Washington University – St. Louis. Classes range between 15 and 25 students to assure that students are not just another face in the crowd.

Adam L. Bartrom '04

Adam L. Bartrom '04

Graduate in Political Science


Adam is one of seven attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg’s Fort Wayne office who topped the list of Indiana Super Lawyers 2014® and Indiana Rising Stars 2014®. 



Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.