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 Ph.D. students we train go on to be some of the most productive in the discipline. The undergraduate student body at WashU is among the tops 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.
The Department's overall ranking in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey is 13 (out of 118 PhD programs), and we rank as 5th, 15th, and 16th, respectively, in the subfields of methodology, American politics, and comparative politics.