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Introducing Alumni Advisory Board Member Lindsey Constantino

Sep 25, 2023

During my 4 years at Cal Poly, I lived by the motto of “Learn by Doing.” I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, interned for Senator Feinstein and the White House under President Obama, and participated in Model United Nations. All of these experiences leveraged my degree in Political Science and made my undergraduate education that much more valuable.

Interested in applying for Graduate School? We are here to support you!

Sep 15, 2023

October is Cal Poly’s Graduate School and Fellowship Month when different departments and units of the University provide a variety of info sessions and training opportunities for students who are interested in applying for graduate school.  POLS’s Graduate School Advisor, Dr. Shelley Hurt, has selected five out of this year’s program (see below) for you!  POLS will also hold our own Grad School Info Session to address issues specific to our discipline. (October 17th, 11:10AM-12:00PM, Location Bldg. 10, Rm. 124)

Presentation-- Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable

Sep 12, 2023

Since the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis in 2020, police misconduct and brutality, and questions about how such problems intersect with race and other demographic characteristics, have finally appeared on the country’s radar screen. Although the need for radical change is long overdue, not much has been done, despite its urgency.In her talk based on her new book, Shielded, Joanna Schwartz will address the challenges of police reform, its legal dimensions, and what can be done to reduce unjustified police violence.

Edwin Madrid details internship with LGBTQ+ Victory Institute in Washington, D.C.

Jun 15, 2023

By Alexandra Gregorio

Last fall, fourth-year political science student Edwin Madrid interned with the LBGTQ+ Victory Institute as part of the fall 2022 Victory Congressional Internship cohort. Madrid was one of eight students selected for the 10-week program, working with a member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus or an LGBTQ-friendly member of the U.S. Congress to experience the federal legislative process firsthand.  

Model United Nations

Jun 13, 2023

Model United Nations at Cal Poly continues to exemplify the “Learn by Doing” philosophy. At two conferences, students from POLS 285: Model United Nations and POLS 385: Advanced Model United Nations were able to enhance and improve their skills in negotiation, resolution and directive writing, public speaking, and more.  

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POLS Annual Spring Dinner

May 18, 2023

The POLS Department is hosting its annual Spring Dinner at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach on Thursday June 1st.

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Senior Project Presentation: Homeless Services Resource Workshop

May 5, 2023

Hey POLS Students!!

Do you want to help collaborate on countywide initiatives in SLO to combat homelessness?

SLO County Community Law Day

Apr 27, 2023

Come to the SLO Courthouse for Community Law Day on May 4, 2023 from 5pm-7pm!

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POLS Welcomes Prospective Students

Apr 12, 2023

Faculty, staff and students at the Political Science Department are excited to meet, greet and welcome our prospective students this coming weekend! 

Moot Court Information Session

Apr 11, 2023

Are you interested in Constitutional law? Have you ever wanted a space to practice your public speaking skills, as well as develop as an oral and written debater? If you answered yes, then you are a perfect fit for Cal Poly’s Moot Court Club!

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