Department of Political Science

Your Place for the Study of Government & Public Affairs

The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University provides undergraduate and graduate educational programs to enhance students' knowledge about government, politics, and public affairs. Our curriculum covers the breadth of the political science discipline, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy and administration, with an additional and unique specialization in environmental politics and policy. Our students develop strong critical thinking and analytical skills and the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas. Our faculty and graduate students research to advance knowledge about government and politics and identify solutions to societal problems in the United States and worldwide.

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Undergraduate Students

Public policy shapes our world. The study of political science in society will prepare you for many opportunities in life, none more important than the knowledge to recognize and understand the policy decisions that affect your life.

Graduate Students

Earn your Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in an established graduate program. We offer coursework in traditional political science and subfields, and our department has a unique specialization in environmental politics and policy.


Straayer Center

The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership provides public service focused opportunities for students and facilitates community programming and discussion on policy issues and governance processes.

Next Steps

If you’re ready to join an inclusive community, which champions critical thought, individual perspectives, and community values, and you're interested in studying the complex ideas and actions of government and public affairs, take the next step toward your political science education at Colorado State University.

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