Political Science

At Stritch, the Political Science coursework aims to increase global awareness and foster critical thinking skills by analyzing current and historical issues in American and international politics.


Our political science major challenges students to develop a mature and thoughtful approach to political problems and to hone skills that serve as strong foundations for a wide variety of careers. Political science at Stritch aims to develop informed and active citizens who combine a global perspective with strong critical thinking skills and who analyze and work toward improving American and international politics. In addition to studying the content and theory of political science, students gain practical experience in problem-solving, research, synthesis, analysis and communication. We encourage our students to see themselves as potential leaders who will shape the future of our political system.

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Each of our courses encourages students to participate in activities that often translate into future employment opportunities. Political science students at Stritch also enhance their career skills by using technology including the internet and business software on a regular basis. Students who study political science at Stritch prepare themselves for a vast array of career possibilities. Our graduates pursue careers in government, governmental affairs, online and print media, interest groups, domestic and international business, communications, journalism, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations, as well as careers in law and education.

Students may obtain a major or minor in political science with emphasis on one of two tracks: American politics or international politics.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains  credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish  articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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