Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Minor in Political Science

Political Science is the study of government, public policies and political behavior. Political Science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine all countries and regions of the world. The Political Science Program is based on the educational objectives emphasized in the California State University Channel Island’s mission. All students graduating with a degree in Political Science will have taken course work and developed competencies in all four key areas of the university mission: interdisciplinary and integrative learning; multicultural perspectives; international perspectives and civic engagement through service learning or experiential learning. Unlike traditional political science majors, all students will be required to complete a course on racial politics in the United States. This is not only consistent with our mission, but it reflects the ethnic and racial reality of California in the 21st century. The curriculum will have a strong international component as well, as all graduates will take international politics, and comparative government, and many of the elective courses emphasize international perspectives. All students graduating from CSUCI must complete nine units of upper division interdisciplinary course work. Finally, experiential and service learning are woven throughout the curriculum, and the required capstone course is a community based project designed to synthesize learning through analysis of an important policy issue.

Careers

The Political Science Program prepares students for careers in federal, state, and, local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, education, electoral politics, research and advocacy. In addition, the major in Political Science prepares students for graduate and professional study in the field of Political Science as well as International Relations and Public Administration.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students completing the requirements for a B.A. degree in Political Science will be able to:

  • Write clearly and with purpose on issues of international and domestic politics and public policy;
  • Participate as a civically engaged member of society;
  • Analyze political and policy problems and formulate policy options;
  • Use electronic and traditional library resources to research key local, state, national and international policy issues and present results;
  • Demonstrate competency with basic tools underlying modern social science research including competency in statistics and qualitative analysis
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, including the ability to form an argument, detect fallacies, and martial evidence, about key issues of public policy and politics;
  • Discuss the major theories and concepts of political science and its subfields; and
  • Deliver thoughtful and well articulated presentations of research findings.

Faculty

Scott Frisch, PhD.
Professor of Political Science
Sage Hall, Room 2133
(805) 437-2770
scott.frisch@csuci.edu

Andrea Grove, PhD.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Sage Hall, Room 2147
(805) 437-3124
andrea.grove@csuci.edu

Sean Q Kelly
Associate Professor of Political Science
Sage Hall, Room 2041
(805) 437-3309
sean.kelly@csuci.edu

Contact Information

http://polsci.csuci.edu/

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (120 units)

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)

POLS 102 Comparative Government (3)
POLS 103 Introduction to International Politics (3)
POLS 150 American Political Institutions (3) *

*Partially satisfies the American Institutions Requirement. The History portion is contained in the general requirements at the end of the major.

Upper Division Requirements (16 units)

POLS 300 Research Methods in Political Science (3)
POLS 301 Political Theory (3)
POLS 303 Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences (SOC/PSY) (4)
POLS 306 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity (3)
POLS 499 Capstone (3)

Electives (15 units)

Students should select a total of 15 units from the following list:
ESRM 328 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
POLS 140 California Government and Politics (1)
POLS 305 Gender and Politics (3)
POLS 312 Interest Groups and Collective Action (3)
POLS 313 The United States Congress (3)
POLS 314 The American Presidency (3)
POLS 315 Congress and the Presidency (3)
POLS 316 State and Local Politics and Policy (3)
POLS 317 Judicial Power and Process (3)
POLS 318 Campaigns and Elections (3)
POLS 319 Political Behavior and Public Opinion (3)
POLS 320 Public Administration (3)
POLS 321 Public Budgeting (FIN) (3)
POLS 325 American Public Policy (3)
POLS 326 Government and Politics of Selected Nations (3)
POLS 327 International Relations of Selected Areas (3)
POLS 328 United States Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 329 International Law and Organizations (3)
POLS 330 Political Sociology (SOC) (3)
POLS 331 Narratives of the Working Class (ENGL/ECON/HIST/SOC) (3)
POLS 335 Politics and Film (COMM) (3)
POLS 340 Politics and the Environment (ESRM) (3)
POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (BIOL) (3)
POLS 401 Constitutional Law (3)
POLS 402 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
POLS 403 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 404 Policy Leadership (EDUC) (3)
POLS 426 The Politics of Developing Countries (3)
POLS 430 Political Communication (COMM) (3)
POLS 431 Education Policy and Politics (EDUC) (3)
POLS 490 Special Topics in Political Science (3)
POLS 492 Service Learning in Political Science (3)
POLS 493 Internship in Political Science (3)
POLS 494 Independent Research (1-3)

Requirements for the Major in Political Science (120 units)

Lower, Upper Division and Electives (40)
General Education (48)
Free Electives (29)
American Institutions Requirement * (3) (chosen from the following: HIST 270, HIST 271, HIST 272, HIST 275)
Total (120 units)

*The Government portion of the American Institutions Requirement (POLS 150) is listed in the major courses above.

Requirements for the Minor in Political Science (18 units)

Lower-Division Requirements (9 units)

POLS 102 Comparative Government (3)
POLS 103 Introduction to International Politics (3)
POLS 150 American Political Institutions (3)

Upper-Division Requirements (9 Uunits)

Students should select a total of 9 units from the following:

ECON 370 The World Economy (3)
ESRM 328 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
ESRM 329 Environmental Law and Policy (3)
FIN 421 Public Financial Management (3)
HIST 412 Law and Society (3)
POLS 300 Research Methods in Political Science (3)
POLS 301 Political Theory (3)
POLS 303 Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences (SOC/PSY) (4)
POLS 305 Gender and Politics (3)
POLS 306 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity (3)
POLS 312 Interest Groups and Collective Action (3)
POLS 313 The United States Congress (3)
POLS 314 The American Presidency (3)
POLS 315 Congress and the Presidency (3)
POLS 316 State and Local Politics and Policy (3)
POLS 317 Judicial Power and Process (3)
POLS 318 Campaigns and Elections (3)
POLS 319 Political Behavior and Public Opinion (3)
POLS 320 Public Administration (3)
POLS 321 Public Budgeting (FIN) (3)
POLS 325 American Public Policy (3)
POLS 326 Government and Politics of Selected Nations (3)
POLS 327 International Relations of Selected Areas (3)
POLS 328 United States Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 329 International Law and Organizations (3)
POLS 330 Political Sociology (SOC) (3)
POLS 331 Narratives of the Working Class (ENGL/ECON/HIST/SOC) (3)
POLS 335 Politics and Film (COMM) (3)
POLS 340 Politics and the Environment (ESRM) (3)
POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (BIOL) (3)
POLS 401 Constitutional Law (3)
POLS 402 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
POLS 403 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 404 Policy Leadership (EDUC) (3)
POLS 426 The Politics of Developing Countries (3)
POLS 430 Political Communication (COMM) (3)
POLS 431 Education Policy and Politics (EDUC) (3)
POLS 490 Special Topics in Political Science (3)
POLS 492 Service Learning in Political Science (3)
POLS 493 Internship in Political Science (3)
POLS 494 Independent Research (1-3)