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Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 827-5312
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The Program

The undergraduate program in political science aims to provide an understanding of basic political processes and institutions as these operate in different national and cultural contexts. It encompasses the study of politics and political systems at the government but also the analysis of such phenomena as political behavior, political values, political change and stability, parties, bureaucracies, justice, national security, and international affairs.

The study of political science provides undergraduates with a variety of possible career opportunities in such areas as law, government service, education, journalism, and business.

Because career goals may vary, the department offers two distinct majors. For students planning careers in such areas as law or teaching, the traditional major in Political Science is appropriate. For students considering careers in government service, especially for such positions as program and budget analyst, urban planner, and executive or administrative assistant, the appropriate major is the Public Service/Political Science major.

In addition, the department offers a major in Political Science/Administrative Studies which combines the disciplinary interest of political science with a focus on administrative behavior, the tools of decision making, and the politics of public policy. The Political Science/Law and Society Major combines the breadth of a political science major with a particular focus on the theme of law and law-like relationships. The range of courses should be of particular benefit to those who plan to attend law school.

We have a new International Affairs major with offers a challenging opportunity to observe and participate in dynamics of global interaction.

Political Science Majors

The Political Science Department offers undergraduate majors leading to B.A. degrees in Political Science, Political Science/Administrative Studies, Political Science/International Affairs, Political Science/Law and Society, and Political Science/Public Service. In addition, the department offers a Minor in Political Science.

Political Science Major

The study of political science provides undergraduates with career opportunities in law, government service, education, journalism, and business. Because career goals may vary, the department offers two distinct majors. For students planning careers in such areas as law, journalism, or teaching, the traditional major in Political Science is appropriate. For students considering careers in government service, especially for such positions as program and budget analyst, urban planner, and executive or administrative assistant, the appropriate major is the Political Science/Public Service major.

Political Science/Administrative Studies Major

The Political Science/Administrative Studies major combines the disciplinary interests of political science with a particular focus on administrative behavior, tools of decision making, and politics of public policy. The Administrative Studies component provides an interdisciplinary approach to training in administrative analytical skills and, more importantly, to the study of the policies, politics, and theories of public administration. The Business Administration courses provide a variety of perspectives on these objectives. In addition, they should be of particular value to those planning to either enter directly into public administration (federal, state, or local levels) or attend a professional school of administration.

Political Science/International Affairs Major

The Political Science/International Affairs major offers a challenging opportunity to observe and participate in the dynamics of global interaction. As versatile as it is valuable, a degree in international affairs prepares the student for work in many diverse careers in the private sector, government, and academia. From diplomatic missions to the United Nations to intense debate with a private "think tank," careers in international affairs should appeal to students seeking to understand and influence the world in which we live.

Political Science/Law and Society Major

The Political Science/Law and Society major combines the breadth of a political science major with a particular focus on the theme of law and law-like relationships. The major provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of legal and law-like institutions and relationships and focuses on relationships that have formed the core of political science: the emergence and development of law, the relationship between law and values, and the growth of the power of the state, among others. The courses provide a variety of perspectives on this theme, and the range of courses should be of particular benefit to those who plan to attend law school.

Political Science/Public Service Major

The Political Science/Public Service major introduces students to knowledge and skills associated with managerial career positions in government, without sacrifice of either a broad knowledge of politics or a liberal arts education.

Counseling

For more information about the undergraduate programs, please contact the Department of Political Science, at (951) 827-5502 or email Naja Braddock, Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer or (951) 827-5312 or email Cherrie Veriato, Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer.