Our majors study the world of politics and government.. They are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in law, public policy, public administration, and more advanced studies in the discipline of political science.
Our minor is open to any SDSU students, regardless of their declared major. It is an excellent companion to any major and allows students to become more informed citizens.
M.A. Program in
Our graduate program emphasizes diversity and the interdependence between society and politics. The curriculum focuses on international relations, comparative politics, American politics, and political theory and methods.
Our certificate program allows students to specialize in public law to obtain multiple perspectives on the use of law to regulate social problems; to strengthen critical thinking skills; and to learn to form and defend arguments.
News and Events
The Department of Political Science will host its commencement ceremony for all individuals graduating this academic year with a major in Political Science. The Department ceremony will be held in Peterson Gym, Friday, May 13, to begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. The College of Arts and Letters ceremony will follow, at 11:00 a.m., in Viejas Arena.
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Careers in Law
Monday, April 25, 4:00-5:20 pm in COM 207
The College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Political Science are hosting the event and it is open to all of those interested in a career in the legal field -- for example, political science/public law certificate, criminal justice, pre-law society and mock trial. We have four panelists (SDSU alums) representing the public defender's office, small private law firm, and family law. Each panelist will speak to their own respective career paths in the law and touch upon the highs and lows of the profession. Following short remarks, there will be Q&A and light refreshments so the students can mingle with the panelists. Panelists include:
- Puja A. Sachdev - Family Law Litigation and Mediation
- Jeff Byer - Commercial and Real Estate Litigation
- Luis Guerrero - Indigent Criminal Defense
- Mike Boyle - Construction, Public Works Contracting and Environmental Law
View the event flyer (.pdf)
Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs Spring Lecture Series: "Dissent in Zion"
From the pre-state binationalist Zionists (including Hannah Arendt, Judah Magnes, and Martin Buber), who opposed a Jewish nation-state, to contemporary dissenters, like Anarchists Against the Wall, there has long been an internal tradition of dissent to the prevailing doctrines of Zionism and to Israeli policies, especially the state’s treatment of the Palestinians. This lecture series and accompanying class offer fresh insights into the impulses that have motivated such dissent.
- Yuval Evri, April 25 @5pm, AL 101“ "Mizrahi political alternatives to mainstream Zionsm in early 20th Century Palestine/Land of Israel",”
For more information, visit their website.
Elections Without Democracy: The Bankruptcy of the Two-Party System
Thursday, April 28th, 7-8:30 in A&L 101
The speakers are Bill Van Auken and Paul Street
The 2016 presidential election has taken the form of a predictable and debasing spectacle. Although a rhetorical nod is made to soaring income inequality, neither the candidates nor the broader political establishment address the deep-rooted attachments of both parties to relentless US interventionism and the military-industrial-security complex, the corporate undermining of democracy, the ongoing attack on civil liberties, and the subjugation of the electoral process itself to dominant capitalist actors. The Political Science Department will host a panel discussion on the upcoming presidential elections.Our two speakers will discuss the profoundly undemocratic character of the two-party system, as well as offer an alternative vision of politics and democracy.
View the event flyer (.pdf)