Concentrations

Political Science majors must complete at least 28 units within their Concentration. Students can select one of four Concentrations. Required courses for each Concentration are listed in the Course Catalog. Note that different catalogs have slightly different requirements for concentrations; click here to find the appropriate catalog for you.

Students must declare a Concentration during their time at Cal Poly (though a student may begin taking classes in a Concentration prior to declaring a Concentration). In addition, you must declare a Concentration before requesting a Graduation Evaluation. View a full list of faculty advisors.

The Political Science Concentrations are:

  • Global Politics

    The study of global issues, the political systems of foreign countries, and U.S. foreign policy. This concentration prepares students for careers in government, business, non-profits, and related agencies that deal with international relations. It also prepares students for graduate studies. Global Politics faculty advisors are Professors Arceneaux and Leithner.

  • Pre-Law:

    The study of American constitutional law, civil liberties, jurisprudence, and the judicial process. This concentration prepares students for careers in the several fields of law. Some students seek admission to law school to continue their preparation for the legal profession; others pursue professions in law enforcement, judicial administration, or legal assistance. Pre-Law advisors are Professors Moore and Settle.

  • American Politics:

    The study of American government and politics, including government institutions, elections, parties, interest groups, and policy making. This concentration is designed to prepare students for political science or public policy graduate programs; law school; or careers in government, interest groups, political campaigns, and other political organizations. American Politics advisors are Professors Latner and Williams.

  • Individualized Course of Study (ICS):

    This concentration is designed to provide a unique career identity for students who do not select any of the above concentrations and instead desire a set of courses that meets their individual needs and interests. It consists of 28 units of coursework at the 300-400 level selected by the student and recommended by the student's faculty advisor. As a whole, the courses must represent a coherent field of study. A student cannot simply use any medley of courses as an ICS. ICS advisors are Professors Moore and Williams.

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