Learn to shape public policy, international agreements, and political organizations with a concern for others and current affairs.
Study how politics, policies, and political actions affect all areas of local, state, and national governments. Learn to:
- Think critically about current political issues
- Identify solutions to societal problems in the United States and around the world
- Practice dialogue in simulated work settings
Curriculum includes coursework in:
- Political Theory
- Comparative Politics
- American Politics and law
- International relations
- Public Policy
Coursework is complemented by a required support option, choose from:
- Minor in another department
- Interdisciplinary minor
- Methods support option
- Second major
As a student in this program:
- Customize coursework with a specialization that aligns with your career goals.
- Focus on environmental issues associated with water, climate, energy, and housing projects.
- Learn from faculty that apply their research topics to the classroom for discussion.
- Complete an internship locally or throughout the United States.
“I probably appreciated political science much more when I first ran for election. I was appointed to elective office and had to run in 1994, which was 16 years after I graduated from CSU. I had a great foundation in political science, and I got to experience political science at work. There really is a science to this. It’s a science that has to do with both the political side and the public policy side. I ran in an election four different times and political science helped me with that but even if I hadn’t been in elected office, understanding how the world functions in a democratic government was really important to me.”
- Governor Bill Ritter, CSU Political Science Bachelor’s Degree 1978