The core of the undergraduate program in political theory is constituted by Introduction to Political Theory (PLSC 106) and the history of political thought Sequence (PLSC 391, 392, and 393). Undergraduates pursuing a subfield concentration in political theory are strongly encouraged to enroll in these classes.

Additional advanced political theory courses are offered as well, including: Theories of Social Justice (PLSC 331); Social and Political Philosophy (Phil 3400); Power, Justice, and the City (PLSC 389); Global Justice (PLSC 4070); and Democracy: Theory and Practice (PLSC 4646). Political science majors completing three or more advanced courses in political theory be declare a subfield concentration. For more information, please visit the political science department website.


The doctoral program in political science at Washington University is one of the top programs in the country. Graduate students take classes and engage in research with a faculty recognized nationally and internationally as among the most expert, active, and productive in the country. For details, please visit the Political Science Department website.