Department of Political Science


Contact Information
Phone. (619) 594-6244
Fax: (619) 594-7302

Nasatir Hall 126
Mail Code: 4427
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA, 92182-4427
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-4:00

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Last Update: 9/17/14


Welcome to the Political Science Department at San Diego State University. The department was founded in 1948 and the graduate Masters program was added in 1954. We currently have 21 full-time faculty, 10 associated lecturers, more than 670 undergraduate majors, and approximately 60 graduate students. The department offers undergraduate courses in the four main subfields of the discipline - U.S. Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. The graduate program offers the choice between a general political science M.A., a Comparative/IR specialization, or a Public Policy specialization.


News and Events

Fall 2014 Hostler Institute on World Affairs Lectures

Clara Long and Everard Meade
Migration and Violence in Central America: A Conversation between Trans-Border Institute and Human Rights Watch.
September 23, 5-7, Room: West Commons 220
This event is co-sponsored by the San Diego World Affairs Council

Almudena Bernabeu
Genocide on Trial in Spain: Prosecuting ex-Guatemalan Dictator and Former US Ally RĂ­os Montt
October 20, 6-7:30, Room TBD

Theodore Postol
Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons: Reasons to Distrust US Government Claims
November 13, 6-7:30, Room TBD

More information can be found on the IWA website


Gender Justice in the 2014 Election

Friday, October 17, 9 am-12 pm
Templo Mayor (Aztec Center)

Join the Departments of Political Science and Women's Studies for an exciting and interactive panel discussion of the pressing issues of sex, power, and politics in the 2014 elections.

More information can be found on the Women's Studies website


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