Students must consult with a faculty advisor regularly in planning their program and schedule. A staff advisor is available by appointment in the Department office (SH 210), and 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. For pre-law advisement, please see Professor Leigh Bradberry. Helpful academic advisement is also available to students through the our department advisor and staff advisors in the College’s Student Services Center/Educational Opportunity Program Satellite. Please call (818) 677-2658 to schedule an appointment.
The major in Political Science is designed for students who intend to work in the politics, government and public policy, for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the law or who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Political Science or other related fields in preparation for university-level teaching. Graduates of the program work in politics, government service, public policy, the nonprofit sector, and in the private sector in a variety of fields. Beyond the substance of political science, students in the major hone their analytical reasoning and critical-thinking skills, their writing skills, their communication skills and their research skills. All of these are key characteristics sought after by employers in both the public and private sectors.
For more information about the Master of Public Administration Program, please see the Public Administration listing in this Catalog.
Clubs and Societies
- Political Science Student Association
- Pi Sigma Alpha
DC Internship Program
The Political Science Department hosts the DC Internship Program in which students live and learn in the nation’s capital for the entire Spring or Summer term. Students intern on Capitol Hill, in agencies, in nonprofit organizations or in private firms during the day and take classes during the evening, while continuing to make progress toward their degree. The program is open to all majors. For more information, please see www.csun.edu/dcinterns.
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 International Exchange Student Center, a Departmental advisor or the campus International Programs advisor for more information.
Social Science Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential
Political Science majors interested in teaching social studies at the middle school or high school level may combine their major program with the Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program to meet requirements for entering a Single Subject Credential Program. For information on the CSBS Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program, look under Social and Behavioral Sciences in this Catalog. The Political Science Department Advisor also can provide assistance in coordinating the completion of both the major and the subject matter program simultaneously.
Chair: Lawrence Becker
Sierra Hall (SH) 210