What is Political Science?
Political Science is the study of politics and political action in society. It encompasses international agreements and organizations, as well as the patterns of political action that both create and shape them. It encompasses citizen action and the institutions that produce public policy at the local, state, and national levels within the United States. It encompasses systems of voting, political parties, courts, compared across national political systems. It encompasses the raising of normative questions about the nature and purposes of political life. The presence of politics is felt in all areas and sectors of society at all times. The dynamic and transformative effects of political action are seen virtually everywhere.
We offer a B.A. in Political Science with flexible degree requirements that provide students the option to pursue a broad degree or specialize in more focused areas of politics. Our curriculum includes coursework in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory; and public policy and administration. Students are strongly encouraged to complete internships and to study abroad. Political Science majors are required to add a second major or minor in another field to complement their political science training with additional skills and knowledge. The Department offers four degree options:
- Political Science Major – For students with a broad interest in the study of government, politics, and public affairs.
- Political Science Major - Environmental Politics and Policy Concentration – For students seeking the knowledge and skills to analyze the connections between politics and the natural world, and pursue careers in environmental politics and policy-making.
- Political Science Major - Global Politics and Policy Concentration – For students interested in developing the knowledge and skills to analyze political relationships between and within countries, and to pursue careers in international affairs.
- Political Science Major - US Government, Law and Public Policy Concentration – For students interested in the political processes and the legal environment of all levels of American government, as well as the processes of policy making and the administrative apparatus used to implement public policy in the US.
For further information on majoring in political science, please contact the CLA Academic Support Center and schedule an appointment with an advisor.
For further information on minoring in political science, please contact Kate Sherman at 970-491-5156 or Kate.Sherman@colostate.edu or stop by the Political Science Department office in Clark C346.