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Political science is the study of government, individual, and institutional behavior in the public sector; relations among nation-states; and theories of politics. Political science addresses the fundamental issues confronting modern society — war, inequality, poverty, the environment — and seeks to evaluate the processes, policies, and theories that have been devised to deal with them.

Typically, the discipline of political science is subdivided into topical fields: U.S. government and politics, including the subfields of public law, public administration, and public policy; comparative politics, which deals with government and politics within nations other than the United States; international relations, which is the analysis of politics among nations, including foreign policy, war and peace, and political economy; and political theory, which encompasses political thought throughout the ages as well as contemporary approaches. The Political Science Program at Cal State San Marcos offers courses in each of these areas and invites students to explore a broad spectrum of topics. Political science majors may choose between a general concentration, which provides wide exposure to the fields of political science, and a global concentration, which offers majors an opportunity to focus on foreign political systems and international relations. Majors and non-majors alike are encouraged to think critically, independently, and objectively about government and politics. The goal of the program is to produce informed, empowered citizens who will contribute to their national and global communities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science will be able to:

  • Summarize the foundational principles and key concepts in all four subfields of Political Science (American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory).
  • Describe and analyze the roles played by race, ethnicity, gender, and class in historical and contemporary political environments and analyze and evaluate the impact of such factors across the four subfields of Political Science.
  • Analyze and evaluate the role of state and non-state actors, institutions and organizations, and policy in at least two of the four subfields of Political Science.
  • Apply theories, political thought, ideologies, and ideas to historical content and contemporary empirical realties in at least two of the four subfields of Political Science.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of research methods to formulate and implement a research design to analyze political phenomena.
  • Utilize effective writing skills to analyze political issues, ideas, and policies; these skills include formulating a thesis, making arguments, and providing evidence.

Career Opportunities

A political science major opens the door to a broad spectrum of career opportunities. Many political science majors eventually pursue careers in law, and a number of political science courses focus on legal issues and processes. A political science major is also excellent preparation for those contemplating careers in government service and public administration, either at the federal or state levels. Possibilities include working on the staff of an elected official or legislative body, working for a government agency, or serving as an elected public official. Political science is an excellent major for those planning careers in the Foreign Service agencies of the U.S. government, international political organizations, and international corporations. Teaching in the public schools, or at the college and university level after doing graduate work, is another popular career option for political science majors. Finally, many political science majors choose to pursue careers in business and industry.

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College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Full Time (120 kredi saati)

Okul ücreti
US$15,246.00 (TRY 205,278) Yıllık
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Başvuru Tarihi

1 May 2022

Başlangıç tarihi

24 Ocak 2022, 29 Ağustos 2022, 23 Ocak 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Giriş koşulları

Amerika gelen öğrenciler için

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent, Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

Seçtiğiniz bölüme bağlı olarak farklı IELTS koşulları olabilir.


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