Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. We are proud to be among the best political science departments in the country. Our faculty are active researchers whose publications have appeared in the most prestigious outlets in the profession. The faculty is also highly devoted to graduate training and undergraduate education and can boast of numerous teaching awards. We offer research and teaching in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Methods, Policy, and Political Theory. We pride ourselves in the diversity and rigor with which our faculty and students ask questions that challenge all of us to think more clearly about politics, government, and citizenship. Our graduates are found at the highest levels of government, in politics and law, and across the business world.
To understand the political world and to equip our students and community with the skills for a lifetime of inquiry and engagement.
The Department of Political Science offers instruction and research in the art and science of politics. Work within the department is organized around six basic fields:
A degree in political science will provide you with knowledge and understanding of political issues and prepare you for a career in fields such as:
- Civil service
- Legislative analysis
- City planning
- Population studies
You can combine the major with teaching credentials and teach government, political science, and civics in secondary schools. If you plan to go on to the graduate level, you will find that the political science major provides excellent background for law school or graduate school in political science, sociology, economics or a number of other social science disciplines.
Career Services offers a number of programs and services designed to help you plan your career, including workshops, internships, and placement services after graduation.
To receive Advanced Placement credit toward the Political Science major you need:
- A score of 5 or 4 on the United States Government exam for PSCI 1101 American Political Systems (3 credit hours).
- A score of 5 or 4 on the Comparative Government exam for PSCI 2012 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credit hours).
Official scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to the Office of Admissions.
We will evaluate any transfer work for a Political Science major AFTER you have been admitted to CU Boulder and AFTER the Admissions Office reviews your transcripts. To initiate this process, please refer to the Preapproval of Courses information on the College of Arts & Sciences website.
You may also view course transferability and create a pre-admission degree plan using Transferology.
Work Study: Work-Study is need-based financial aid. More details can be found on the Student Employment website. Eligibility requirements for financial aid are loosened somewhat during the summer to allow undergraduates to receive work study money. To start the process, fill out a FAFSA application.
Courses: Click here to be redirected to the Political Science Course lists for upcoming semesters