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.  

Wayne Parent, Chair


Faculty Highlights 

Cecil_Eubanks_HaynieDean Haynie presents Cecil Eubanks with award for fifty years of service and  LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award for Graduate Teaching at the College of ​H​umanities and Social Sciences spring awards ceremony.

Professor Nichole Bauer has been awarded the 2017-2018 Gender and Political Psychology Early Career Research Award.

Professor Chris Sullivan's research on "Proactive Policing" focus of Los Angeles Times featured article 9/26/17.



Department Concentrations  



American Politics

American Government & Politics

Political Theory

Political Theory

Comparative Government

Comparative Government & Politics

International Relations

International Politics & Law

Campaigns and Elections


Law and Legal Systems

Law & Legal Systems

Political Data Analysis

Political Data Analysis

Race and Politics

Race & Politics


Job Candidates 




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Political Science Majors





2018 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