About Our Department
The Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis strives to be one of the best in the world. We are widely recognized for our strengths in theory, methods, and the rigorous combination of the two. The members of our faculty are leading scholars in their fields. The PhD students we train go on to be some of the most productive in the discipline. The undergraduate student body at WashU is among the top in the country, and our majors have their choice of careers, graduate programs, and professional schools. The department is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leading departments in the discipline. As of 2023, our graduate program is ranked #12 nationally by the US News and World Report.
Research & Teaching
Our faculty specialize in a variety of research areas within political science, including American politics, formal theory, international conflict, international political economy, methodology, and political theory. Across all these areas, faculty regularly bring their expertise to both undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom. In many cases, students collaborate and publish with professors.
The department regularly hosts lectures and workshops to bring together our intellectual community. Through becoming involved in residential life on the South 40, Faculty Associates and Faculty Fellows extend their interactions with students outside the classroom.
Graduate Placement Success
We pride ourselves on our job placement on the academic job market. Our placement record is among the top in the discipline: We place about 90 percent of our students with the majority in tenure-track positions.Graduate Placement Information
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