Learn more about our special topics courses that allow students to apply their political science knowledge to more in-depth exploration of a particular issue. The department offers at least one capstone seminar focused on environmental politics and policy each year.
Challenges to Democracy in Asia
POLS 492-1, MWF 11:00-11:50 am, Prof. Julia Lee
This seminar explores democracy and authoritarianism in Asia by investigating key themes relevant to Asia's struggle for democracy. We start with a focus on South Asia and then draw from cases in other parts of Asia. Some of the themes we discuss include colonial legacies, violent conflict, state and society, corruption, and poverty alleviation.
POLS 492-2, MWF from 2:00-2:50 pm, Prof. Eric Fattor
The study of politics usually moves back and forth between the study of abstract theories and concepts and the concrete empirical reality of the political landscape. Yet between these two poles is the realm of “praxis,” or, the art of taking an abstract ideal and putting it into material reality. This process is the realm of strategy and in this seminar, we will take a close examination at this concept and try to understand its importance as an essential part of any study and practice of politics. This will include looking at the different ways of approaching strategic thought and practice, including the military context, the unique challenges of strategizing from a position of marginalization and weakness, the challenges of governing a republic where one must cater to diverse groups of people in society and the extraordinary challenges of pursuing political goals in an age where media saturation has become a fundamental part of the political space.
Indigenous Peoples and Politics in the Americas
POLS 492-3, T-TH from 2:00-3:15 pm, Prof. Marcela Velasco
This seminar compares the relationship between states and indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. It examines their claims to self-determination, territoriality, and multicultural rights, and explores national and international laws that address indigenous peoples’ rights.
Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
POLS 492-4, T-TH 12:30-1:45 pm, Prof. Marni Berg
This seminar focuses on Diplomacy and Peaceful Conflict Resolution. The world has changed since the end of the Cold War, and the events of 9/11 have brought to the forefront a debate about the role of public diplomacy in international relations. We will look at the importance of soft power in international politics and the necessity and desire for more transparency and transnational cooperation. This course will help students become globally literate. The goal is to help students develop skills and knowledge about the world to prepare for a variety of careers in a complex and interdependent world. Through readings on public diplomacy, negotiating and problem-solving skills, and international intervention students will learn to conduct independent research and role-playing with their peers.
Accelerated Degree Programs
Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree
Colorado State University’s Accelerated Program offers political science students a pathway to graduate in 3 to 3.5 years instead of 4 years. Students who choose the Accelerated Program typically take 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits over two or three summer sessions to earn their bachelor’s degree quicker.
Accelerated Master’s Degree
The Accelerated Master’s Degree provides a pathway for qualified political science undergraduate students to complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in political science in one year.
Undergraduate Advising Resources
The political science department pairs students with an Academic Success Coordinator (or ASC). Your ASC will be with you throughout your entire time as an undergraduate and is here to help you get the most out of your college experience. Your ASC will help you register for classes, recommend courses based on your interests, and familiarize you with other opportunities both within the department and on campus, such as education abroad, clubs, internships, and minors.
The College of Liberal Arts Academic Support Center is here to help you start the process.