Leadership in the Art of Politics

Our classes focus on critical engagement with current political practices globally and in the U.S. The Political Science major will give you the skills you need to pursue a career in political organizing, public policy, government, or law. Learn how to save the world…one step at a time.

What can I do with a major in political science?

Department Concentrations

Student interests and faculty expertise have led the Department of Politics to create three distinctive concentrations within the major. Students can choose to concentrate in one of these areas or can complete a major without a concentration.

Law & Policy

Whether you want to go to law school, work for a government agency, or advocate for change with an NGO, this concentration will help you develop the knowledge of the legal and policy-making process that you need to work effectively at the grass-roots right up to Congress.

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Politics of Environment & Sustainability

Environmental concerns are not just technical problems, they’re key social and political challenges. This concentration explores links between environmental issues, social justice, individual freedom, and strategies for change.

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Global Politics

Politics, economics, and culture are increasingly global. This concentration will develop your understanding of the actors and organizations that shape our world, while deepening your understanding of the diverse peoples, politics, and cultures outside the U.S.

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News & Announcements

  1. Bar Debate, Sept. 17. The Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights (HumRights) is hosting a Bar Debate Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Humbrews to celebrate Constitution Day. Two HSU students, Journalism Major Freddy Brewster and Politics Major Fabian Cuevas, will debate the topic of unfettered free speech v. the need to limit speech to create safe spaces.
  1. Let's Talk about the Middle East, Sept. 5. Free film showing ("A Separation") and discussion led by Dr. Leena Dallasheh at the Richard's Goat Miniplex (401 I Street, Arcata). Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. A middle-class family in Tehran is embroiled in strife over the decision to leave the country for a better life for their 11-year-old daughter or staying to care for her ailing grandfather. Through the legal struggle that ensues, the film explores the complexities of class, politics, religion, and family structure in contemporary Iran.
  1. Student Leadership Associates. Dean Lisa Bond-Maupin of HSU’s College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) is seeking to work with a group of student leaders within the College in academic year 2019-2020. Her hope is to develop meaningful relationships tha twill guide student-informed decision making in the College. This is also an opportunity for her to support students in their social change work and development as leaders. Those selected to serve as Student Leadership Associates will be employed for 10-12 hours per week at $14/hr.
15th annual Victor T. Schaub Memorial Lecture on Local Politics
“Housing Affordability and Availability in Arcata”
Monday, April 15, 5:30-7 p.m.,Siemens Hall Room 108 
What are the causes of the current housing challenges facing students and other members of the community? What are policies and/or practices most likely to help address these challenges?
  1. Sunrise fellowship, deadline April 1. Sunrise is building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the influences of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Apply for the 2019 Sunrise Summer and Fall fellowship to join in making the Green New Deal a reality across the country.