The Department of Political Science, Global Studies, Environmental Science & Policy prepares students to be active citizens of the world, fully engaged in environmental, social and political issues. 

The Department of Political Science, Global Studies, Environmental Science & Policy at St. Edward’s provides students with the background for careers in international affairs, public service, electoral politics, non-governmental organizations or the private sector. 2018-19 degree plans can be found here.

Programs within this department will provide students with the opportunity to analyze policy solutions, study natural and social sciences, and experience the political culture that shapes our system and behavior. Students will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of the American political system and study how different societies and political systems deal with domestic and world issues.

The Department of Political Science, Global Studies, Environmental Science & Policy at St. Edward’s provides students with the background for careers in international affairs, public service, electoral politics, non-governmental organizations or the private sector. 2018-19 degree plans can be found here.

Study Abroad

Environmental Science and Policy, Global Studies and Political Science students are encouraged to pursue study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Programs run during the summer, for fall and spring semester or for an entire year.

Faculty & Staff

Kozmetsky Center of Excellence

The Kozmetsky Center aims to enrich the intellectual life of St. Edward's University and to serve as a resource for informing the broader public on critical global issues. The Center, under the direction of Dr. Sharyl Cross, facilitates discussions among experts, students, faculty and the broader public in a variety of forums.

Student Organizations

Pi Sigma Alpha

Eligible Political Science Majors may join Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honors Society. This is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. The number of Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country is rapidly approaching 700. Pi Sigma Alpha is also a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Dean's Leadership Council- School of Behavioral and Social Sciences (DLC-BSS)

The DLC helps to establish a network of communication and encourage collaboration between BSS organizations.

Eco-Lead Costa Rica (Eco-Lead)

Eco-Lead Costa Rica is designed with St. Edward's University's commitment to developing a deep global understanding in undergraduate students in mind. Led by faculty from Behavioral & Social Sciences and members of the Student Life staff, this program highlights leadership issues at an international level, with a particular focus on environmentalism.

Research

Recently, students enrolled in ENSP 4349 Natural Resources Conservation and Management went on a 3 day camping trip to Santa Ana National Wildlife Reserve in the Rio Grande Valley to learn about how managers are working to conserve bird biodiversity across international borders. Read about that trip and more in the ENSP in the Field blog.

Environmental Science and Policy, Global Studies and Political Science students may have the opportunity to present their own research at national and regional conferences.

MSEM and ENSP students attended the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference in San Antonio, November 9 - 11, 2018. ​Faculty and students are grateful for funding from the McNair Scholars program, the Hook Fellowship, and a School of Behavioral & Social Sciences Student Research Award, which covered most of the expenses.

The ENSP students had an incredibly successful (and fun!) time at the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference in San Antonio, Nov. 9 – 11, 2018. Left to Right with their poster presentations: Becky Woodward, MSEM student; ENSP students Madison Tumicki, Jonathon Brooks, Michael Gembarowski, and Abril Carranza. All of the presentations were well received.

Left to Right: Professor Amy Concilio, Jonathan Brooks, Bowen Wilder, Becky Woodward, Shirley Ochoa, Abril Carranza, Clarissa Mae de Leon, Madison Tumicki.   Clarissa Mae De Leon, ENSP major and McNair Scholar, won first place in the Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation Competition for her presentation titled: “Mycorestoration of a Ligustrum invaded urban park in Austin, TX"

Model United Nations and Model Organization of American States

Students may participate in Model United Nations and Model Organization of American States for academic credit.

SCONA

A select number of students may participate in the Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) at Texas A&M University participating in multi-day policy-making simulations.

Graduate School Placements

Among the institutions in which St. Edward’s Global Studies majors have enrolled for graduate or legal studies have been Georgetown University, George Washington University, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University, American University, and Rutgers University.