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. Assembly Ambassadors Program, first application cycle deadline March 8. [While this is application is due today, it does not look onerous and I estimate would only take about 30 minutes to complete.] Are you interested in legislative advocacy in California? Do you have strong communication skills and enjoy meeting with political leaders?
  1. Environmental Resistance 2.0, Feb. 28. “Tools for Success in a Phase Two of a Chaotic Administration” – a free workshop led by Dan Sealy, the Northcoast Environmental Center’s legislative analyst in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., NEC office (415 I Street, Arcata). See the attached flier for more details.
  2. "Women and the Timber Wars," Feb. 28. Women were undeniably instrumental in the fight to protect ancient forests during the Timber Wars, yet historians and movement scholars have overlooked their contributions.

Panetta Congressional Internship Program Offers Expenses-paid Internship in D.C.


Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups.

CSSC student campaign director sought, deadline Nov. 17. The California Student Sustainability Coalition is hiring a Campaign Director to lead the development and strategy of its campaign to pursue 100% renewable energy on California’s college campuses. Follow this link to learn more about the position and apply. This position is open to anyone in the state and is performed remotely. The deadline to submit applications is Saturday, Nov. 17.