Political Science

The Political Science program challenges students to develop an analytical approach to political problems and to hone skills that serve as strong foundations for a wide variety of careers. Studying both the data and philosophy of politics, our students develop knowledge and skills that will serve them well in a wide variety of career areas: government, business, academics, law, communication, journalism, interest groups and social work. Many courses include opportunities for experiential and service-learning that can lead to later employment opportunities.

We integrate throughout the curriculum the concept of "transformational politics" where students set goals to solve political problems and become empowered, active citizens of the U.S. and the globe. Political science students at Stritch learn strategies for coping with the ever-increasing number and variety of information available. Students are required to analyze, synthesize and find creative ways to communicate their knowledge. As part of their research training, Stritch political science students hone their skills in technology and communication using tools provided by libraries, the Internet, computer databases and other new media. Students may obtain a major or minor in political science. Three tracks are available in the major: American politics, pre-law and international politics. All majors must take three credits in an approved internship/study abroad.


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Political science major: 37 credits (34 department credits, 3 auxiliary credits in statistics MT 120)

Required courses:  16 credit minimum:  POLS 102, 201, 206, 305, 401, 402
Possible tracks in political science major:

  • American politics (required courses and elective courses in American politics): six courses from POLS 212, 303, 304, 306, 307, 340, 341.

  • International politics (required courses and electives that focus on international politics, proficiency in at least one foreign language, and a study abroad experience are encouraged): six courses from POLS 215, 220, 312, 314, 315, 316, 320, 341.

  • General track: 18 credit minimum from six elective courses.


Political Science Minor: 18 credits

Required courses for minor: POLS 102, 201, 206 and three elective courses in Political Science.

International Studies Minor: 18 credits

Communication, travel, and world events have linked the regions of the globe ever more closely, requiring greater knowledge of the world and its people. An understanding of people and events outside the United States is important not only to enhance a career choice, but also to become a responsible citizen of the U.S and the larger world community. A minor in international studies adds an important dimension to a number of major fields (for example business, pre-law, education, political science, history, and communication arts) and prepares students for their participation in the global village.

Required course: POLS 206

* Two additional classes from Political Science, selected from: POLS 201, 210, 215, 220, 320, 341* (* cross-listed, can only be taken once)
* A minimum of one class from History, selected from: HS 202, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 341* (* cross-listed, can only be taken once)
* A minimum of one Elective, selected from: ART 243, CA 240, CA 331, CH 209, EN 303, REL 210, REL 212, SPN, FR, or GR:  200+ level language course
* The sixth course is to be selected from any of those listed in the History or Electives section.
NOTE: One course (approved by the International Studies advisor) can be transferred in and counted towards the minor.


The pre-law program with political science as a major requires: CA 252, PL 355, PS 308, SC 201, CJ 101.  The Political Science track requires: POLS 102, 303, 305, 401, 402, and 6 credits of electives in Political Science.

NOTE: Auxiliary courses are required courses which do not have the major department designation and are therefore not reflected in the number of department credits required for the major or minor. Auxiliary courses may be used for other degree requirements, such as for general education (core) or elective requirements.

PLO 1  Students will know the American political institutions and understand the logic of their design.
PLO 2  Students will understand several different global political structures and will be able to distinguish between the four main levels of analysis used in political science.
PLO 3  Students will demonstrate the ability to research, analyze and reflect on information.
PLO 4  Students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to evaluate conflicting points of view.
PLO 5  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Franciscan values.

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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.

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•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
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Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
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•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


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