B.A. in Political Science

The political science curriculum helps students to acquire an organized body of knowledge about government and to think analytically about public policy, law, and politics. The political science degree prepares graduates to enter careers in government, public service, public administration, public policy analysis, legislative advocacy, business, international relations, and teaching. Many Cal State East Bay political science graduates continue their academic careers in law school, or in the pursuit of graduate degrees in political science or public policy analysis.

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  • In 2013 Political Science majors formed the Alpha Iota Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.  The CSU East Bay Chapter received one of Pi Sigma Alpha’s Best Chapter Awards for 2013-14, these awards are intended to recognize local chapters that are “active in their departments and universities and exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society.”
  • Two POSC students were selected to represent CSU East Bay in Fall 2013 as Leon Panetta Congressional Interns – Juan Pablo Benavente and Lisa Russell where they served as interns for California Congresspersons during the Fall Quarter.  
  • The Political Science Department published a newsletter to Alumni about department goings on and to solicit funds for student scholarships. The newsletter features a talk given to alumni from POSC and PUAD at the Oakland Center in May 2014 by former student, Nancy O'Malley (1976), the Alameda County District Attorney and is working to prosecute sex traffickers and wage theft of low wage immigrant workers.
  • A delegation of Political Science and International Studies majors attend the West Coast Regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference each year where they represent several countries in the proceedings.  Students from our program also attend the annual Sacramento Legislative Seminar, a multi-university 3 day conference to inform students about how politics operates in our state capitol.  
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