Political Science

Political Science

Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political behavior, through humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine all countries and regions of the world.

Political science students gain a versatility of skills and a marvelous range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments, law firms, business, international organizations, and nonprofit associations and organizations. Campaign management and polling, journalism, pre-collegiate education, electoral politics, research and university teaching are some of the areas political science students can build their careers.


Dr. Bradley Vaden

Dr. Bradley Vaden

Course Descriptions

Political Science 1 – The Government of the United States (3) UC:CSU

This course will examine the principles, structure and problems of the US government. Topics convered include: The Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of California, political philosophies, political institutions, amendments and interpretations, the rights and obligations of citizens, federal/state, state/local, and contemporary state/local/federal government relationships.

Political Science 2 – Modern World Governments (3) UC:CSU

This course studies a selected variety of major national states to secure a comparative picture of political philosophies, constitutions, political processes and governmental institutions. Emphasis is placed on those factors as well as geographic, historic , demographic and cultural attributes which contribute to dfferences in governmental experiences and behaviors.

Political Science 7 – Contemporary World Affairs (3) UC:CSU

Contemporary worlds affairs and politics are studied by focusing on nation-states as primary actors in the international system. This course will examine cause and consequences of diplomacy, war, and international organizations.

Resources for Political Science Students

News Sites

Government Sites

Other Resources

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Britannica.com