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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 16, 2017

Cal Poly is the best public-master’s university in California, and its graduates are among the highest-earning in the nation, according to Forbes’ 2017 Top Colleges rankings. Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley (29th overall) and University of California campuses at Los Angeles (48th), Santa Barbara (83rd), San Diego (93rd), Davis (102nd) and Irvine (106th) — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cal Poly ranked 38th among all public universities in the nation. Read more here.

Dr. Matthew Moore Appears on Research on Religion Podcast

Jun 19, 2017

Dr. Matthew Moore recently appeared on the weekly podcast series Research on Religion at where he talks about Buddhism and the Robopocalypse. This interview tackled some pretty interesting philosophical questions such as "can artificial intelligence meditate?" as well as a number of different policy approaches to “near-future technology.”

Maryam Quasto

POLS Major is Cal Poly’s 2017 Panetta Representative

May 18, 2017

Political Science junior, Maryam Quasto, has been accepted into the 2017 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program. She will join representatives from other CSU campuses for two weeks of training on the Monterey Bay campus in August, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C. The representatives will work full time in the office of a congressional representative. 

Model United Nations Conference

Model UN attended the 2017 National MUN Conference

May 2, 2017

This Spring Quarter, The Cal Poly Political Science Department's Model UN team attended the 2017 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

Cal Poly Author Ning Zhang on, "Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture"

Confucianism and Chinese Political Culture

May 1, 2017

Ning Zhang’s book, “Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture”, draws a packed house and generates engaged discussion.

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Michael Latner Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

Apr 20, 2017

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the nation's leading science-based policy advocacy organization, awarded associate professor of political science Michael Latner its Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship.

Michael Latner
Michael Latner




This two-year fellowship is hosted at the UCS's newest program — the Center for Science and Democracy in Washington, D.C.

Political Science Spring Dinner 2017 Flyer

POLS Spring Dinner 2017

Apr 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 6:30pm

Please join us for the end of the year celebration! The Political Science Spring Dinner is on Thursday, May 18th, 6:30pm at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach.

Tickets are $25 (cash only please) and can be purchased in the Political Science Office in building 47, room 14 no later than Monday, May 8th by 3pm.

Political Science Spring Dinner 2017 Flyer

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Mock Trial team

Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances Again!

Mar 27, 2017

Please Join us in Congratulating Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

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Photo from the Fresno ORCS award ceremony

Cal Poly's A Team finished in the top six in their opening round competition in Fresno March 25-26. This earned the team a bid to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NCT) in Los Angeles in April!

Cal Poly Mock Trial A Team

Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances

Mar 8, 2017

Congratulations are in order for Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

Mock Trial Team

Cal Poly sent two teams to the American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition in Claremont, CA. Cal Poly's A Team earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series in Fresno, CA, March 25-26. The A Team will compete against the best teams in the region for a chance at the National Championship! 

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Cal Poly author Matt Moore on, "Buddhism and Political Theory"

Connections Between Buddhism and Political Theory and Action

Nov 7, 2016

Matt Moore's book, "Buddhism and Political Theory", sparks a great discussion among colleagues.


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