Politics as a field of study

Political Science is the study of government, public policies and political behavior. The major in Political Science provides students with a broad program of study designed to promote effective civic participation as a citizen, public servant, or elected official. The curriculum requires students to complete course work in all four areas of the CSUCI mission: interdisciplinary, experiential and service learning, international and multicultural studies. The major develops skills in critical analysis and oral and written communication. It promotes an understanding of contemporary political systems and institutions, emphasizes competency in the basic tools of political science, and focuses on the relationship between Political Science and the other disciplines. Since politics and economics are so closely tied together, the program recommends that each student complete a basic course in economics (either ECON 300 or ECON 110 and 111) as part of the course of study. In addition, the program encourages students to become competent in a second language and recommends international study for political science students interested in international affairs.

Careers

The Political Science major will prepare students for careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; education; electoral politics, research and advocacy. In addition, the major in Political Science prepares students for graduate and professional study in the field of Political Science as well as International Relations, Law, and Public Administration. 

Panetta Internship

The Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program, combines a rigorous two-week academic orientation at the Panetta Institute along with an experiential education as a Panetta Intern in a Washington, D.C. office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  While serving in our nation’s capital the student also attends weekly seminars.  Upon completion of all requirements, interns earn full-time academic units that will be posted to their university transcripts.  All program costs are covered, including housing, ground transportation, travel to and from Washington, D.C. and a living stipend.  Any academic major may apply; the program is open to qualified students regardless of income.  This year's application deadline is February 15, 2019. Read more and apply

Student Resources 
Connecting First Generation College Students, Staff, Faculty and Administrators at CI. This website is dedicated to supporting First Generation College Students (FGCS) and their families. 

Program & Course Learning Outcomes

Political Science Program Flyer (PDF, 1.62MB)

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