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CSU San Marcos Academic Offerings: Political Science


  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:
    • General Concentration
    • Global Concentration
  • Minor in Political Science


Political science is the study of government, individual, and institutional behavior in the public sector; relations among nation-states; and theories of politics.  Political science addresses the fundamental issues confronting modern society — war, inequality, poverty, the environment — and seeks to evaluate the processes, policies, and theories that have been devised to deal with them.  Typically, the discipline of political science is subdivided into topical fields: U.S. government and politics, including the subfields of public law, public administration, and public policy; comparative politics, which deals with government and politics within nations other than the United States; international relations, which is the analysis of politics among nations, including foreign policy, war and peace, and political economy; and political theory, which encompasses political thought throughout the ages as well
as contemporary approaches.


To learn more about Political Science programs at CSU San Marcos, please visit the Political Science department website.