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Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News and California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Sep 14, 2018

Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year. The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities.

AB 2385 Signed into Law!

Aug 29, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2385 into law which calls on college textbook publishers to inform students about the differences in textbook editions. The Cal Poly Bill Project class gave students​​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to draft​ ​a​ ​bill​ and work with state legislators to potentially​ ​pass​ ​the​ bill through the ​California​ ​state​ ​legislature.​ ​Students from the CA Bill Project class worked with Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, former Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and faculty advisor Dr. Chris Den Hartog to research and draft the bill throughout the 17-18 academic school year. Earlier this year, students traveled to Sacramento to advocate their support for the bill. For more information, please visit KSBY and The Tribune.

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Students present at the 43rd Annual Social Science Student Symposium

May 7, 2018


Three Political Science students, Mira Seyal, Connor Hennessey-Niland, and Ashley Therien presented their research at the 43rd Annual Social Science Student Symposium at Cal State Long Beach over the weekend. The CSU SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4) is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences where students, from all CSU campuses and California community colleges, in all areas of the social sciences, are able to present their research to their peers. 

  • Mira Seyal. "The Human Rights Movement: A Failure to Secure Group Rights" 
  • Connor Hennessey-Niland. "Regional Hegemony in the Arctic: The Push for Arctic Dominance" 
  • Ashley Therien.  "Exploring New Frontiers: Space Is Not Apolitical" 

2018 Cal Poly Model United Nations Students Travel to New York and LA

May 3, 2018

New York Model UN

The Cal Poly Model United Nations team traveled to New York City over Spring break to participate in the National Model United Nations conference. Students represented Sierra Leone and worked on issues such as the impact of pollution on marine life, the eradication of nuclear weapons, and protecting against cyber warfare.

Students Testify in Sacramento

Apr 24, 2018

Students from the California Bill Project testified before the Committee on Higher Education in the California State Assembly in support of their bill (AB 2385) on Tuesday, 24 April 2018.

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MPP Students Present at WPSA Conference

Mar 29, 2018

Congratulations to MPP students Megan Marques, Philip Goodwin and Kristin Ventresca for their performances at the 2018 Western Political Science Association conference! 

Mock Trial wins awards at UC Irvine Tournament

Jan 31, 2018

Congratulations to Cal Poly’s Mock Trial A and B Teams for their awesome performance at UCI this past weekend. Jesse Quiroz and Elizabeth Paxson brought home attorney awards and Lauren Turner and Garrett Rutherford earned witness awards!

Congratulations Fall 2017 Graduates

Congratulations Fall 2017 Graduates!

Dec 12, 2017

(Photo credit, Victoria Tonikian 2017)

The faculty and staff of the Political Science Department congratulate the Fall 2017 Graduates! We are immensely proud of your work and accomplishments! Please keep in touch and let us know where your next step takes you.

Tim Humphreys gives back to Cal Poly Political Science

A Partner in Learn by Doing

Nov 22, 2017

Alumnus Tim Humphreys gives back to create more Learn by Doing opportunities for Cal Poly political science students. 

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Mock Trial Accrues Awards With Alacrity

Nov 14, 2017

Cal Poly Mock Trial enjoyed another successful weekend competing at an invitational tournament. At UC Irvine’s Anteater Invitational, three Cal Poly teams earned invitations and competed against some of the best teams in California and Arizona.
Lauren Turner (ENGL) and Teagan Allen (ARCE)  earned “Top Witness” awards, while Marco Tueros (POLS)  took home a “Top Attorney” award. Cal Poly Coach, Justin Cooley, also took home the tournament’s coveted “Best Judge” award.
Next week, the Mustang Mockers will be in action again at UCSD’s Wlodarczyk Invitational Tournament.



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