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Political Science

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College of Social and Behavioral Science




B.A., Political Science

Politics and Government Option

Public Policy and Management Option

Law and Society Option

Minor in Political Science


M.A., Political Science

Special Session Sponsored Degree:

M.P.A., Public Sector Management

The Major

The Political Science Department offers a major with 3 Options— Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management, and Law and Society—and a minor. The Department participates in undergraduate interdisciplinary programs in African Studies, Asian Studies, Urban Studies and Planning, and Women’s Studies. (For descriptions of these programs see African Studies, Asian Studies, Women’s Studies, and Urban Studies and Planning in the Catalog).

The Political Science Department supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Department of Political Science and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for Degree Options offered by the Department and/or certain General Education requirements. Students should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the Office of International and Exchange Programs, a Departmental advisor or the campus International Programs advisor for more information.

Academic Advisement

Students must consult with a faculty advisor regularly in planning their program and schedule. Faculty advisors are available during the semester at regularly scheduled office hours and by appointment. Students should come to the Department Office for the scheduled office hours of the faculty. Please inquire in the Department Office for pre-law advisor Leigh Bradberry.


The major in Political Science is designed for students who intend to pursue the study of law and enter the legal profession; work for advanced degrees in Political Science or other related fields in preparation for university-level teaching; plan a career in public administration, public policy or government service; seek training for positions in the overseas agencies of the U.S. government, international governmental organizations or private corporations; or wish to prepare for teaching in secondary schools.

For more information about the Master of Public Administration Program, please see Public Administration listing in the Catalog.


Pedro Cesareo (Advisor), Cynthia Harris (Administrative Support Coordinator), Evelyn Osorio (Administrative Support Assistant)