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. Speed-Friending: Faculty & Students, TODAY. @5:30-7pm, Klamath River Room (3rd floor of the JGC). Enjoy a free dinner, meet awesome HSU faculty, and learn more about the general education courses they teach so you can identify classes of interest for Spring (and beyond) and get to know potential faculty members. Event is open to residents and students not living on campus. See the attached flyer.
  2. Paid summer fellowship in progressive politics.
  1. Summer internship opportunity, deadline TODAY. Going home for summer 2020 and looking for a career-related experience? The NorCal Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers paid, for-credit, summer internships across Northern California. There are internship opportunities for students in Business, Economics, Political Science, Marketing, Accounting, Environmental Management, Journalism, Graphic Design, and more!
  1. Indigenous Peoples Week, Oct. 13-19. See the attached flyer for the full schedule of Indigenous Peoples Week activities. IPW will wrap up at the Eureka Theater on Saturday with the documentary “From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock,” the story of how a 10-week shooting war with the FBI sparked four decades of change in Indian Country. 
  2. Political issues platform.
  1. For seniors -- Fund for the Public Interest jobs. Fund for the Public Interest, a nation-wide nonprofit that runs grassroots campaigns, is hiring canvass directors. These jobs are a fit for those interested in policy, environmental issues, and a career in activism. Work on issues like protecting pollinators by banning bee killing pesticides, and cutting back on carbon emissions by using electric buses. See here for more information or to apply.
  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.