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Dr. Cravens Selected as PRRI Public Fellow in New Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization announced the selection of 16 interdisciplinary scholars as PRRI Public Fellows. The diverse cohort of fellows will work alongside PRRI researchers and staff to generate public scholarship focused on contemporary issues at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics.

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POLS Student Isabella Abelgas Wins 1st Place at CSU Research Competition

Political science senior Isabella Abelgas won first place for the Business, Economics and Hospitality Management category of this year’s California State University (CSU) Systemwide Student Research Competition.

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Christopher Acebo (Political Science, '92) Chosen as Cal Poly Honored Alum

Christopher Acebo has devoted his career to film and live events as a director, designer and producer. His mission as the CEO of Broken English Productions is to develop films that center stories of the Latinx experience.

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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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Cal Poly Public Policy Graduate Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

Cal Poly Public Policy Graduate Student Christine Lam Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

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Resiliency Project

Resiliency Project

The Resiliency Project seeks to learn how people experience setbacks, opposition, and oppression while retaining mental and physical well-being.

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Nicole Angelini

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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