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Political Science

Welcome to the Political Science Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo!

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Political Science Program is intellectually diverse, methodologically rigorous, and dedicated to excellence in undergraduate instruction. Our undergraduate focused program is led by an exceptionally engaged and student-centric faculty who are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, and service.

As a discipline, Political Science studies the various political decisions that societies make. Through the application of rigorous research methods, Political Science is able to ask questions pertaining to such decisions and address them in an effective and careful manner. Such questions may include:

  • Why are some countries prone to civil violence?
  • Why did the U.S. Congress pass that legislation?
  • What conditions facilitate the failure of new democracies, and when can we expect them to endure?

In pursuit of answers to these and other questions, the discipline of Political Science is divided into four major areas: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy. The department of Political Science at CSU-Pueblo hosts faculty who are experts in each of these areas. As such, a major in Political Science exposes students to the outstanding themes of each discipline through a wide range of regularly offered classes: elections and electoral politics; presidential leadership; constitutional law and development; inequality and economic development; nationalism and ethnic conflict; human rights; terrorism; war and peace; international relations; U.S. foreign policy; western political thought; public administration; and research methods, just to name a few. The department is also home to the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, which offers an array of professionally instructed courses related to human instigated disaster and natural disaster response and prevention. Also affiliated with the Political Science program is the University's interdisciplinary Minor in Legal Studies

A major in Political Science prepares students for professional training and advanced graduate study in:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work, and
  • Urban Planning

Political Science graduates enter into numerous career fields, examples include:

  • U.S. Civil and Foreign Service
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Law
  • Business
  • Media
  • Military, and
  • Nonprofit Organizations

To pursue your interest in Political Science, you should be prepared to engage in orderly critical thinking, to consider a challenging and unsettling array of political questions, and to refine your ability to write and speak in a clear, precise manner. Please utilize this website to explore in more detail the interests and activities of the faculty in the department. We invite you to contact any of us if you have any questions.

Expected Student Outcomes

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    Knowledge Outcome:

    Students should have factual knowledge about the various subfields in political science. This includes knowledge about the major theories, issues and methods of inquiry for each subfield.
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    Writing Outcome:

    Students should be able to write complex prose, with correct grammar. They should be able to present a coherent and persuasive argument on a political science topic in a research format following the APSA format.
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    Critical Thinking Outcome:

    Students should be able to:

    • Define problems, examine evidence, and analyze the assumptions leading to a conclusion;
    • Question arguments, casual theories, evidence broad generalizations, and simple correlation;
    • Are open to both sides of an argument; and Are prepared to examine and expose holes in all arguments (including their own).
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    Communication Outcome:

    Students should be able to clearly and concisely present their ideas as participants in classroom discussions and in presenting their research.

FAQ

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    What can I do with a degree in Political Science?

    By earning a degree in Political Science, students learn to analyze the institutions and events that shape the world around them. Training in Political Science provides skills in independent research, effective communications, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including law, government, foreign service, education, public policy, business, military, and social work.
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    Which classes do I need to take?

    Please visit Requirements page
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    Where can I get forms?

    Visit our "Forms" page.
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    How do I contact a professor?

    Visit our "Contact Us" page.
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    How do I prepare for the LSAT?

    Please contact Professor Berardi for details.
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    What is the Political Science Club?

    The Club is a student-run organization that promotes the study of politics and government on campus and in the community, and also provides numerous social and academic opportunities for interested students. For more information, please visit the Student Organization's web page.
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