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 

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.

Cecil, Eubanks, Haynie at podiumDean Haynie presents Cecil Eubanks with award for fifty years of service and  LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award for Graduate Teaching at the College of Humanities 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  

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



Use the following links for guidance:

Political Science Majors

Political Science Minors

Honors Program

Internship Program


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