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In the Political Science Program, students investigate the causes and effects of various forms of political behavior; they analyze the policymaking processes of governments, the political and social consequences of laws, sources of international conflict and diplomacy, and values that shape political institutions and procedures. We offer courses in American Government, International Relations, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. Students work with faculty who research and publish in these areas and who have direct experience in the process of government.

The Program offers the opportunity to pursue either a Major or Minor in Political Science, and many courses count toward the university's General Education requirements. The course requirements for the degrees are listed below, and at the bottom of this page you can find more information about courses, internships, and the Political Science Program.


Students majoring in Political Science and operating under the most recent (2020-2021) catalog must complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours in the Program, including 18 hours in the Political Science core. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all courses.

POLS Courses Titles Credits
POLS 101  American National Politics  3
POLS 201 International Relations  3
POLS 202  Comparative Politics 3
POLS 250 Political Analysis I 3
POLS 251 Political Analysis II 3
POLS 370  Political Thought 3

POLS 480  - or - 

POLS 492

Practicum in Politics or Public Service


POLS 493 Senior Seminar 3

Political Science electives.

Electives must include one course in each of four categories. Two remaining  electives may be of any type.

1) American Politics: 350, 360, 405, 411

2) International Relations: 230, 305, 306, 460

3) Comparative Politics: 440, 445, 450, 455

4) Public Policy / Administration: 330, 340

    42 Total Credits

Students minoring in Political Science must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in the Program, including 9 hours in the Political Science core. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all courses

POLS Courses Titles Credits
POLS 101 
American National Politics 
POLS 201

POLS 202
International Relations
Comparative Politics
POLS 250  Research Methods​ 3
Political Science Electives​   12
     21 Total Credits


    (*) Indicates course meets General Education requirements.
    See the university's course catalog for scheduling.  

    POLS 101
    American National Politics (*)

    POLS 102
    State and Local Government and Politics

    POLS 201
    International Relations (*)

    POLS 202
    Comparative Politics (*)

    POLS 250
    Political Analysis I 

    POLS 251
    Political Analysis II 

    POLS 270
    Introduction to Homeland Security

    POLS 271

    POLS 272
    Critical Incident Management 

    POLS 305
    International Conflict

    POLS 306
    Peace Studies 

    POLS 322
    American Constitutional Law (prerequisite: POLS 321 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 323
    Criminal Law and Procedure (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 324
    Family Law (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 330
    Introduction to Public Administration (prerequisite: POLS 101)

    POLS 340
    Public Policy (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 350
    Political Attitudes and Behavior 

    POLS 360
    Media, Politics, and Power

    POLS 370
    Western Political Thought (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 373
    Intelligence and National Security

    POLS 374
    Homeland Security and the Law

    POLS 375
    Threat and Strategic Planning

    POLS 395
    Independent Study (prerequisite: permission of instructor. 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits)

    POLS 405
    The American Presidency (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 411
    The U.S. Congress (prerequisite: POLS 101 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 440
    Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

    POLS 445
    Inequality and Economic Development

    POLS 450
    Democracy and Dictatorship

    POLS 460
    U.S. Foreign and Security Policy (prerequisite: POLS 201 or permission of instructor)

    POLS 461
    War and Film

    POLS 480
    Practicum in Politics and Public Service (prerequisite: permission of department) 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.
    Student manual​

    POLS 491
    Special Topics (prerequisite: junior or senior status with adequate preparation and approval of instructor.) 1-3 credits, repeatable

    POLS 492
    Research 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits

    POLS 493
    Seminar, Prerequisite: POLS 250 and 370, or permission of instructor.



    Political Science majors are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship at some point in the course of their undergraduate study. One such option is the Legislative Internship. Every year, CSU-Pueblo Political Science majors have the opportunity to travel to Denver to work in the offices of Colorado state legislators to get a firsthand experience in politics. Internships provide valuable experience and unmatched access to government officials that are helpful in gaining future employment. Students also earn academic credit toward their major requirement by producing work demonstrating that they are able to apply concepts learned in relevant coursework to their practical experiences. Consult the faculty in the Political Science Program for other internship possibilities, including on political campaigns or in local government.

    Our Resources page has forms with more information about internship opportunities, the internship student manual, and the application for the legislative internship



    See our Resources page for advising and internship forms.

    Political Science Club

    The Political Science Club is one of the most active and visible student groups at CSU-Pueblo. It organizes events on campus and in the community that promote learning about important policy issues, politics and elections, and the field of Political Science. One of the most popular events on campus, the annual Southern Colorado Policy Issues Forum, is organized by the Political Science Club.

    For more information about the Club, please visit the Political Science Club section of the Student Organizations list.

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