Discover what you can learn and where a political science major can take you.
The political science program trains students to think analytically, critically and creatively about government and politics by offering a comprehensive examination of political thought; a thorough exploration of American, foreign, and international political institutions; an engaged focus on politically based behavior; and deep study of public policy and public administration.
- The nature of governments, their leaders and their publics
- Governance processes and international interactions
- Political campaigns, political party clubs
- Student government
- Government internships
- Policy debates and controversies
- Thought-provoking faculty and courses
- How to listen and read critically and efficiently
- How to analyze and understand complex issues, problems, texts and arguments related to government and politics
- How to assess and comprehend the motivations behind political behavior and the implications stemming from government structures
- Public affairs officer
- City planner
- Campaign consultant
- Newspaper reporter
- Law enforcement agent
- Law school/attorney
- Intelligence analyst
- Environmental activist
- City and county government
- State of California
- U.S. Government
- U.S. military
- Political campaigns and polling
- Non-profit groups
- Pre-collegiate and collegiate education
- Interest groups
- Business sector
- International governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations
Degrees and Programs
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with options to specialize in:
- American Institutions
- International and Comparative Politics
- Public Administration
- Minor in Political Science
- Those majoring in Liberal Studies can complete their concentration in Civics.
- Those majoring in Social Sciences can complete their concentration in Political Science.
- Master of Public Administration
"What I enjoy most about political science is the process of exploring the causes of complex political behavior through scientific methodologies."
Political Science Student