Undergraduate Program

Political Science is concerned with contemporary public affairs, both in the United States and around the world. The department’s approach to studying politics is to engage central issues facing society today, such as rising inequality, human rights, and democratization. Rather than focus on the everyday back-and-forth of politics as reported in the media, we dig deeper into underlying social, economic and political phenomenon that drive political change, critically exploring ideologies and ideas that inform political discourse. Political Science majors develop a rich understanding of political institutions and ideas as well as acquire writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills that can be applied not just to politics but to any issue or task that they face.

Why study Political Science at SDSU?

The unique features of the political science program at SDSU include:

Students can explore career options by completing internships. The department offers a class for students to do internships at a local level, and also can participate in programs to intern in Sacramento or Washington D.C.. Students can also pursue internships internationally through a variety of programs. Internships that students have completed include:

  • United State Consulate
  • British House of Commons
  • California League of Women Voters
  • State Assemblymember Brian Jones
  • State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
  • State Senator Ben Hueso

Political Science majors actively participate in a variety of student organizations, including: 

What can you do with a degree in Political Science?

The writing, analytical and critical thinking skills that students in the Political Science program acquire can be applied to a wide range of careers. There is no one single career path that our students follow; rather they pursue many different career paths based on their interests.

Some of our students continue their education in law school or graduate school, not only in Political Science but also in related programs such as Public Policy or Security Studies. Other students acquire jobs working in politics, such as for political campaigns or as staff members for elected officials. A career in government service is also an option some of our students pursue. The nonprofit sector is an appealing career path for many of our students who wish to focus their energies on advancing social good or advocating for social change. Finally, some students acquire jobs with for-profit companies, as government relations officials or in other capacities.

Because Political Science provides a broad liberal arts education, rather than narrow vocational training, students are able to use their degree in many different types of careers.

Alumni have obtained the following positions:

  • Deputy Chief of Staff, San Diego City Council
  • Legislative aide, California State Assembly
  • Child Advocacy Supervisor, Voices for Children
  • Policy Aide, Santa Clara County
  • CalFresh Capacity Coordinator, Americorps VISTA
  • Paralegal, Kettner Law Corporation
  • Associate Attorney, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP
  • Director of City Council Affairs, City of San Diego
  • Political Affairs Field Representative, California Association of Realtors
  • Attorney, Haight Brown & Bonesteel
  • Legislative Correspondent, U.S. Senate
  • Patent Litigation Associate, Paul Hastings

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