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

Scholarship for study abroad. The fall application cycle for awards from the Global Ambassadors Fund, which supports students studying abroad, is now open. Applications to support travel happening SPRING 2019 are due October 2. See the attached cover sheet for further information and application instructions.

Department of State internship, deadline Sept.

CSU Grad School Virtual Fair, Sept. 25. Are you interested in going to grad school? Want to learn more about the master's degree programs offered by HSU and the other CSU campuses? Attend the CSU Grad School Virtual Fair on Sept. 25! Register here to attend the FREE virtual fair.


"Arcata Marsh: Roots and Branches," Sept. 20. As part of the Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Sharon Levy will talk about the global roots of the citizen uprising that built Arcata’s marsh, including its lessons for modern activists and regulators. Thursday, September 20, 5:30 p.m., Siemens Hall 108. See the attached flier for details.

Call for proposals for the Campus/Community Dialogue on Race. The Campus/Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. The objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change.