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College of Social Sciences
The offerings of the Department of Political Science are
designed to help students become more effective citizens of our
democracy, as makers of public policy and as citizens affected by
those policies. Democracy depends on an active and informed
electorate. This is why democracy has been described as "the most
demanding system of government yet devised." It requires that
people make choices rather than having choices made for them.
Through its General Education courses, the department provides
student with the tools of citizenship: information about our
government and its policies and the skills with which to analyze
Bachelor's degrees are offered in Political Science and in
Public Administration. Students can concentrate on subjects of
particular interest, from American politics and international
relations to urban affairs and the management of local government.
Master's programs are offered in Public Administration and in
International Relations. Graduates from these programs enter
careers of public and political service, law, and management. The
university's Kenneth L. Maddy Institute for Public Affairs,
established by the California legislature, will provide public
leadership training and encourage civic engagement.