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POLSC-BA - Political Science (BA)

Political Science Undergraduate Matriculated BA - Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

The undergraduate program in Political Science provides students with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems, and diversity. Courses in the major are designed to provide competency in political science, introduce various research methodologies and analytical frameworks, and develop written and oral communication skills. Students in the program have excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools and careers in government, business, and not-for-profit organizations.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Eligible students may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts with Honors. The department also offers a minor in Political Science: program.

How to Declare the Major

Students are encouraged to declare their major by the end of their sophomore year. Students must complete a declaration form, available on the Political Science website and in the Encina Hall West 100 department office. The form must be signed by an advisor of the student’s choosing who is a Political Science faculty member or courtesy faculty member. The advisor should not be a Political Science lecturer. Next, the student should submit the declaration form during a meeting with the Political Science undergraduate administrator and declare on Axess. For additional information, students may visit the Political Science website or office or call (650) 723-1608.