Leadership in the Art of Politics

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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. 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.

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in su

Alex Fallman (class of 2019), now in his third year serving as city councilman for Crescent City, CA, shared with the Los Angeles Times how he and other city leaders hope to revitalize their town by marketing its connection with tsunamis. Read the full article here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-23/crescent-city-tsunamis

  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.