The Department is home to over 350 undergraduate majors and over 50 graduate students.  They study with 25 faculty who are well known scholars in a wide variety of fields and who are amongst the most honored teachers at this university.  We provide a vibrant place to study and a perfect place to prepare for an active role in politics.  


Faculty Highlights 

The Department of Political Science is excited to welcome Anna Gunderson and  Elizabeth Lane to LSU! Anna and Elizabeth will join us in the Fall of 2019; follow their links to learn more about their past and ongoing research.

Dr. Jas Sullivan was selected as a 2019 Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award winner! 

Dr. Kathleen Searles is this years recipient of the Emerging Scholar in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Rainmaker Award! (Spring 2019)

Graduate Highlights

Graduate student, Alex Cole, was awarded the LSU Dissertation Fellowship for the Academic Year 2019-2020

Graduate student, Dmitriy Nurullayev, was awarded the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award. (Spring 2019)


Department Concentrations  

United States capitol building

American Government & Politics


Political Theory


Comparative Government & Politics

world map

International Politics & Law

Campaigns and Elections artwork

Law and Legal Systems

Law & Legal Systems

Political Data Analysis

Political Data Analysis

Race and Politics

Race & Politics


Job Candidates

Academic Counseling

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Political Science Majors

Political Science Minors

Honors Program

Internship Program


2019 Fall Courses


Political Science Major Requirements

  • 33 hours of political science courses
    • At least 18 of them 3000 or above
    • POLI 2051 American Government Plus one course (any course) each in the three other fields
      • Comparative Politics 
      • International Politics
      • Political Theory