Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Political Science

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, Box 147
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504)-520-5071

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore
Department Head

Political Science Programs

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” ~Robert M. Hutchins

The Political Science program is designed for students who aspire to active leadership roles in promoting a more just and humane global society. Completing the political science major will: 1) increase student competence in the understanding of the principles of government and political thought; 2) develop student awareness and understanding of global political and economic issues; 3) enhance student skills in statistical research and quantitative analysis; 4) maximize student abilities to read critically, speak effectively, write clearly and think analytically; and, 5) facilitate student abilities to apply moral and ethical analysis to political issues.

The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in the local, national, and global political arena. The educational outcomes and career orientations students can expect to pursue are: 1) graduate study in political science, public administration, political economy, international and public affairs, urban planning, or other social science sub-fields; 2) professional study in law, mass communication, social work, management, or other public service; 3) employment with government or non-profit organizations; 4) foreign service; 5) partisan political activity; 6) classroom teaching and educational administration; and 7) grassroots organization within the African American community.


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Pre-Law

Over half of Xavier’s Political Science majors seek careers in the legal profession. These careers include corporate, government, private firm or individual practices and range in legal specialties from business, criminal, and civil law to environmental, family, juvenile and communications law.

In addition to the requirements of all Political Science majors, Pre-Law students can select from a variety of law-related courses including: Law, Politics and Society; Judicial Process, Mock Trial and Debate; International Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Legal Internship.

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Accelerated Pre-Law

For advanced students, the Accelerated Pre-Law Curriculum allows a student to complete the core curriculum, a minor, and all but 12 hours in the major during three years and count the first year of law school as the electives and remaining hours in the major. This saves a year of tuition at Xavier. Both law schools in New Orleans will accept accelerated law students if the grade average exceeds 3.0 and the LSAT score suffices. In addition, other schools nationally will consider accelerated students, often with financial incentive packages. Two Xavier students received free legal educations from St. John’s University in New York based on the accelerated pre-law program.

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International Affairs

The department has internationalized its curriculum. It offers a minor in International Affairs, which prepares students for:

  • Government careers as foreign service officers with the Department of State or officers in federal agencies handling international matters.
  • Careers in international business with private sector firms.
  • Careers in the international civil service, serving with inter-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Amnesty International and Green Peace, and private international organizations, such as embassies and consulates.
  • Also offered is a variety of international and comparative politics courses, including International Political Economy; International Law; Politics of Developing Nations, African Politics and American Foreign Policy.

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American Government / Public Affairs / Public Administration

A significant number of Xavier’s Political Science majors seek careers in public service or the non-profit sector. These careers include positions at the federal, state or local government levels or with non-profit or not-forprofit agencies providing basic human services. Xavier’s students show intense interest in a variety of policy areas including economic development, housing, health care, crime and delinquency, environmental justice and homeland security.

In addition to the requirements of all Political Science majors, Public Affairs/Public Administration students can take courses in Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Personnel Administration, Public Finance, Administrative Behavior, and Program Planning and Evaluation.

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Accelerated Public Affairs

For advanced students, the Accelerated Public Affairs Curriculum allows a student to complete the core curriculum, a minor, and all but 12 hours in the major during three years and count the first year of graduate school as the electives and remaining hours in the major. This saves a year of tuition at Xavier. Many schools of public affairs and public administration, including the University of New Orleans will accept accelerated public affairs students if the grade average exceeds 3.0 and the GRE score suffices--often with financial incentive packages.


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