Special Programs & Opportunities
The following is a selected list of academic opportunities, beyond formal courses, that are available to political science students:
Every spring semester 20 to 30 students gain valuable experience and earn academic credit by participating in a supervised internship program in the Colorado General Assembly.
In recent years the department has succeeded in placing qualified students in Hansard Internships in the British House of Commons during the summer months. Students earn academic credit through the University of London and perform research for the members of Parliament to whom they are assigned.
Every year a number of political science students take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by the University to study in foreign colleges and universities for academic credit. Political science faculty members work with their advisees to ensure credits earned abroad will apply to degree requirements at Colorado State.
Qualified students may combine a major in political science with participation in the University Honors Program.
Students interesting in applying to law school can receive special advising from a knowledgeable faculty member.
Students with strong academic records are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary society, and to participate in its scholarly activities.
Undergraduates who have good academic records and who wish to focus their efforts in studying a topic in greater depth than may be possible in regular courses may engage in a concentrated reading, research, and writing project under the supervision of a faculty member. Such projects normally carry one to three academic credits. Registration for independent study is subject to approval by the faculty sponsor and the department.
Note: Qualified upper-class students may also enroll in selected graduate classes with instructor permission.