BA Political Science

University Campus

Are you curious about whether or not voting really matters, or about how the legal system really works? Are you interested in the Presidential campaigns, international events, terrorism or other global events? Are you eager to play a bigger role in local, state or federal government? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, prepare for a career serving the public with a Saint Leo Political Science degree.

Why choose Political Science at Saint Leo?

Build a foundation in the principles and processes of American national government, international relations, classical political philosophy, legal theory and Constitutional law. Develop your global leadership skills—Saint Leo offers Spanish, French and German language labs, and international studies, including courses in the modern Middle East.

Participate in Saint Leo's Student Government, Campus Activities Board and Model UN. Write op-eds for The Lions' Pride student newspaper. Take advantage of internship opportunities in Tampa, Washington, D.C., and the world. Deliver policy papers on real issues affecting your community—and present your concerns to members of the Florida State Legislature. Volunteer at a CNN-aired presidential debate.

Saint Leo prepares you for a future in the public or private sector, or academia, with a career preparation course specially designed for Political Science and History students.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • United States Constitutional Law
  • Political Philosophy I & II
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • International Relations
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science

Professional development opportunities

  • Internships: Our students have interned with the Pasco County Administrator, State Representatives, the Florida Secretary of State, Dade City Attorney, Florida House Speaker elect, and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
  • Civic engagement: Participate in Student Government Union, political debates, Model UN, voter registration drives and local political forums.
  • Public speaking: Present your papers at Focus the Nation, Academic Excellence Day and at state and regional association meetings.
  • Travel: Visit the Florida State Legislature to meet with the Governor, lobbyists and members of the Florida Supreme Court and Senate. Travel to the United Nations in New York City. Tour the historic Cuban district in Ybor City, Tampa.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha. The national political honor society named Saint Leo “outstanding chapter,” and Student Government awarded it for having the highest collective GPA on campus.
  • Conferences: Attend state political science and history conferences.

What can you do with a degree in Political Science?

Saint Leo graduates pursue graduate or legal study, and go on to run for public office and to practice as lawyers. More than half of our students express an interest in post-graduate legal studies.

  • Attorney
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • High School Government Teacher
  • Political Commentator
  • Campaign Operative
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Immigration Officer

Where are Saint Leo Political Science grads now?

  • Carter & Clendenin Attorneys at Law
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Tampa City Council
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Barry University School of Law
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • University of Chicago

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