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Cal Poly California Bill Class

Cal Poly California Bill Class

A Political Science class that is also an opportunity to pass legislation in California.

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Our department is bursting with stories about award-winning faculty and student leaders involved in important work.

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Cal Poly Master in Public Policy

Learn how the Political Science Department's Master in Public Policy program can broaden your mind and develop your career.

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Model UN

Students in POLS 285 participating in the Model UN!

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POLS Faculty in the News

POLS Faculty continue to be active in shaping the public dialogue in the field.

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Mock Trial

Mock Trial is the epitome of Learn by Doing. Find out more about this unmatched experience!

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The goal is to create a political science journal to showcase student work, connect alumni with current students, create opportunities for students to enter the professional world!

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Welcome to the Cal Poly Political Science Department

In our undergraduate and graduate programs, students study government, politics, and policy, develop and refine their communication and analytical skills, and become informed, active citizens in a diverse global context.

We boast university and college award winners in teaching, research, and community service. Students will learn from an outstanding faculty who employ a variety of teaching methods, instructional approaches, and interdisciplinary orientations.

Cal Poly is in tiłhini, the Place of the Full Moon. We gratefully acknowledge, respect, and thank yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region in whose homelands we are guests.  


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POLS Alumni Networking Event and Research Presentation

Join the POLS Club and the POLS Alumni Advisory Board for our 2nd Annual Alumni Networking Event, featuring a presentation by Associate Professor of Political Science, Michael Latner, and Lecturer of Women's and Gender Studies, Christina Lefevre Latner, on "Feminist Narratives in the 2018 Congressional Elections." The networking event will feature POLS alumni working in various sectors such as law, local, state, and federal government, technology, and international relations. Event takes place Friday, October 12 from 1-3pm in 10-225. Lunch will be served.


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Our department's 2017-18 award-winners presented by The College of Liberal Arts.

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