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. Lecture TODAY, “Addressing the Political Divide: The Pursuit and Protection of Identity.” Dr. Amber Gaffney of the HSU Psychology Dept. will address research on partisanship as a social identity that people actively seek to defend. She will discuss new empirical data that directly addresses political polarization and extremism. Her talk will conclude with a discussion of the state of the Democratic Party.
  1. REMINDER: Lecture TODAY, “Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge.” A number of U.S. jurisdictions, including Arcata and Humboldt County, have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants, but what exactly does this mean? In this lecture, Dr. Loren Collingwood explores the history and religious roots of sanctuary policies. He examines how the media frames these policies, the predictors of public support for or opposition to them, and their effects on crime and Latino political incorporation.
  1. David “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship. Eligibility: Be a first-year (continuing) student at HSU or CR, who is dedicated to protecting our region’s forests or natural environment through scholarship, community organizing, or other activities. Application deadline March 16. On Feb. 20, drop in at the HSU Library Fishbowl (LIB 209) from 4:30-5:30pm to meet the 2019 recipient and learn more about this scholarship.
  1. Re-Entry Forum: Let’s Talk about Mass Incarceration, Feb. 3-7. The HSU Student Legal Lounge and Formerly Incarcerated Students Club are putting on a week-long event to raise awareness about the repercussions of mass incarceration and about the program Project Rebound, which they are working towards establishing on campus.
  1. Climate activism virtual internship. Gain practical experience working with a team of students from across the nation in the development, execution and assessment of a social media campaign in support of a national climate education project, Solve Climate By 2030. This is a virtual internship.