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Rex Casillas
Richard Langill
Stephen Yoder

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Rex Casillas, chair

Political Science Program (Major, minor)

Department overviewHistory (M., m.)Political science (M., m.) International relations (m.) Social Action Speaker Series

What is the Political Science Program?

The mission of the Political Science Program is to seek to understand the basis of power in society, how that power is organized and exercised, and its impact on people’s lives. The department seeks to help its students engage in critical analysis of society and power structures.

Why study political science at Saint Martin's?

The Political Science Program at Saint Martin’s aims to acquaint students with the great issues of politics. The faculty is driven to develop the student's intelligent and lasting interest in society and politics, and provide him or her with an environment for learning active self-governance.

Political science students will undertake rigorous course work as they seek to understand the significance of class, race, gender, property relations and other identities in shaping political structures and political behavior. The department will strive to promote social justice and to encourage students to be active, thoughtful members of their community.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate political science outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Political Science majors can go on to rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Federal, state and local government service
  • Activism
  • Education
  • Law
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Mediation
  • Public affairs research analysis

Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education and advanced study. English goes with everything!

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 27 semester hours of upper-division courses in political science
  • Nine credits of history (six of which must be upper division).
  • No more than six semester hours of credit in internships may be applied toward requirements for a political science major


  • 12 semester hours of upper-division courses in political science
  • Six semester hours of upper-division courses in history

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of political science requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Student internships opportunities are available within:

  • Washington State Legislature
  • Washington State Historical Society
  • Simpson Timber Archive

Related fields of study

History (M., m.) | Communication Studies (M., m.) | Social Justice (m.) | Criminal Justice (M., m.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.) | Community Services (M.) | Psychology (M., m.)

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