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POLS Student Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Mentorship with Alums
March 2nd, 11am-12pm
We are in the process of establishing a mentorship program where our present students will be paired with one or two alums as their mentors to provide guidance and advice as students explore their future career options. We hope to invite you to participate during the “design phase” of this program to inform us of your needs, wants, and questions. Please come to the meeting this Thursday if you are interested. We are also thinking of forming an ad hoc student committee if there is interest to create a consistent channel of student opinions and preferences into the POLS Chair’s office.
One Section of POLS 111 will be offered in the Spring
Professor Brett Savage will teach the only section we are offering during Spring Quarter. Section 03, Class #8316
Spring Schedule Available!
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New Spring Course- POLS 470: Surfing & the Law
Offered next quarter on MW from 10:10AM-12:00PM
World Food Systems
POLS 333: World Food Systems is now POLS 332 and is no longer an Upper-Division B course. If you were planning to take the course to satisfy that requirement, you will have to find a different course to satisfy your UD B requirement.
Wondering Who Your Concentration Advisor Is?
**When declaring your concentration, make sure you are using the correct concentration form. The appropriate concentration form will list the name of your concentration on the top of the page. You will find all POLS concentration forms here.
AMERICAN POLITICS: DR. MICHAEL LATNER
GLOBAL POLITICS: DR. ANIKA LEITHNER
PRE-LAW: DR. MATTHEW MOORE
INDIVIDUALIZED (ICS): DR. HELENE SHANRUO NING ZHANG
POLITICAL SCIENCE: DR. MATTHEW MOORE
GLOBAL POLITICS: DR. CRAIG ARCENEAUX
LAW & SOCIETY: DR. MATTHEW MOORE
For more information on how to declare your major, please visit our concentrations page
Cal Poly Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol on Jan. 30- Two POLS Majors: Gracie Babatola & Jacob Schlottmann-McGonigle
Nineteen Cal Poly students will be recognized for their awards, hard work and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Jan. 30.
“These young adults have distinguished themselves in so many ways during their time at Cal Poly,” said university President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, who accompanied the group to Sacramento. “They truly are representatives of our campus’s Learn by Doing ethos and individuals who are an inspiration to students in middle and high schools who seek to achieve a hands-on education.
“It’s a pleasure to share their accomplishments with California’s elected officials, who will get a chance to see for themselves the quality, enthusiasm and energy of what our faculty, staff and I know will be tomorrow’s industry innovators and community leaders.”
The group will be introduced Monday afternoon to the Senate by Sen. John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, and to the Assembly by Assemblymember Dawn Addis of Morro Bay, who is the first female Democrat ever to hold this seat. Both officials represent San Luis Obispo County. Continue Reading...
Capital Fellows Programs
The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.
Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.
Rooted in experiential learning and public service, Capital Fellows spend 10-11 months as part of a cohort working in a Legislative, Executive or Judicial Branch office. Click here for more information.
2023 Hertog War Studies Program
Applications for our Summer 2023 Hertog War Studies Program (HWSP) are now open! The War Studies Program aims to educate advanced undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. The program is the cornerstone of ISW’s education efforts. Hertog War Studies will run next summer from July 28 to August 12.
The program is open to graduating seniors (Class of 2023), rising seniors (Class of 2024), and exceptional rising juniors (Class of 2025). HWSP is fully funded with a stipend, housing, travel, meals, and course materials provided.
War Studies is taught by ISW President Kimberly Kagan, Senior Fellow LTG Jim Dubik (US Army, Retired), and AEI Scholar Dr. Frederick W. Kagan.
Students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities. This course bridges the civil-military divide and teaches students at the start of their careers how to assess military decision-making.
The final application deadline is March 1, 2023. Visit our page to learn more.
Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
The Washington Center- Academic Internship Program
Click here for more information
Launch a Career You'll Love.
You have the power to design your own professional path, but you still need to know what you want and how you’ll get there. That’s where a summer or semester in the nation’s capital with The Washington Center (TWC) comes in.
TWC’s Academic Internship Program is a holistic experience designed to help you gain the experience, skills and network you’ll need to succeed, all while earning academic credit.
|Spring 2023||January 18, 2023*||January 23 – April 28, 2023||April 29, 2023|
|Summer 2023||May 31, 2023*||June 6 – August 4, 2023||August 5, 2023|
|Fall 2023||August 23, 2023*||August 29 – December 1, 2023||December 2, 2023|
|EARLY DEADLINE*||REGULAR DEADLINE|
|Spring 2023||October 12, 2022||November 2, 2022|
|Summer 2023||February 15, 2023||March 15, 2023|
|Fall 2023||March 29, 2023||April 26, 2023|
Spend a Week in D.C. at the National Security Seminar
Looking to explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online? Join California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo's partner, The Washington Center, for the upcoming National Security seminar this May!
During this one-week seminar, you’ll interact with experts and public figures, go behind the scenes of organizations throughout the city, discover new career paths and come away with a competitive advantage in your resume.
Ready to find out more? Attend an information session where you’ll learn about the seminar and hear from alumni about their experience. Register below:
National Security Information Session & Alumni PanelREGISTER TODAYTuesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET
We encourage you to consider participating in this upcoming seminar! If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Professor Shelley Hurt or email@example.com
Paid Job Opportunities
Nonprofit Career Opportunities- Environment America
Do you want to work on the most profound challenge of our time? Apply to work with Environment America, we’re working to protect the planet. We’re working to stop the worst effects of climate change, to end water pollution and we’re fighting to protect our special places from mining and drilling. Our team is tackling these issues on multiple fronts. If Congress is gridlocked, our team is organizing to advance our issues at the state, local, legal or corporate levels.
Environment America is hiring entry-level staff to start immediately and to start in summer 2023. For more information, feel free to contact Ian Giancarlo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Cooperation in the Era of Disruption
Student Scholarships and Prizes
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
In 2022, the Foundation awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students. Our scholarship awards range from $500 to $10,000 and may be used for tuition, fees, and educational expenses at accredited academic colleges or universities and vocational training programs.
For complete details on opportunities-- which each have their own unique eligibility criteria-- please visit our website.
Butte County Sustainable Communities Scholarship
The Butte County Sustainable Communities Scholarship is in its fourth year, and the eligibility criteria includes graduating high school seniors at public schools in Butte County, California as well as students who graduated from a public high school in Butte County in the previous four academic years (2019 through 2022) AND are enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate program* at one of the UCs, CSUs, or public community colleges in California.
*Qualifying academic programs: Applicants must have an area of study in or related to city and regional planning, urban studies, sustainable transportation planning, housing, climate change, climate policy, environmental studies, environmental policy, political science, public administration, or public health. An area of study adjacent to one of the above programs may be considered a qualifying academic program by the scholarship review committee.
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21st at 5pm. Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.
The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)
At the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), you can explore your passions and develop your potential — your way. Our small, supportive community within a world-class university provides access to internationally known faculty, extensive opportunities, and a vast alumni network all dedicated to your success. https://seas.umich.edu/
U.C. Berkeley Political Science Department PhD Program
Are you considering applying for a PhD in Political Science?
California State University, San Bernardino Masters Programs
M.A. National Security Studies
The two-year M.A. program provides a comprehensive curriculum with foundations in strategy and strategic studies for students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. government or with private companies. M.A. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. For more information, click here.
M.S. National Cyber Security Studies
The two year M.S. program is one of the few graduate programs in the country that is devoted to the study of U.S. national cyber security. M.S. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence. For more information, click here.
University of Oregon Masters in Education Policy and Leadership
University of Oregon a new master of science degree in Education Policy and Leadership. The program combines theoretical grounding in education policy and leadership studies, advanced methodological and analytic training, and applied and practical knowledge in students' individual areas of topical interest. You can reach out to email@example.com for questions or visit their website.
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs
Campus Events and Opportunities
Support Mustangs Struggling with Food Insecurity through Feed Cal Poly
Feed Cal Poly makes it easy for all faculty, staff, students and supporters to donate to Mustangs in need. Food insecurity is a very real and persistent problem on campus. Support of the Cal Poly Basic Needs Initiative through donations to Feed Cal Poly helps ensure all Mustangs have access to the resources they need to succeed. The Feed Cal Poly website makes donating quick, easy and accessible, with no limit on donation size. Simply login and follow the steps. Students with dining memberships also have the option to donate unused dining dollars through the Mustang Meal Share Program. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Watch for the Feed Cal Poly tent at events throughout campus for more ways to get involved and support fellow Mustangs.
The Cal Poly Food Pantry is open to all students - no questions asked. Cal Poly community members who are experiencing food insecurity or instability are welcome to shop at the Food Pantry, Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5pm.
Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a stronger community. Cal Poly hosts a SLO Food Bank Pick Up site open to all on the 4th Tuesday of every month on Mott Lawn.
CalFresh is like financial aid for food! The CalFresh Team helps determine if you are eligible for up to $204 per month to spend on groceries and at farmers' markets.
Students can receive up to $75 per quarter to assist with meals on campus at Vista Grande, Campus Market, Red Radish, Mustang Station, and PCV.
A service to help Cal Poly students travel home affordably and comfortably with other members of our student community. In October, Ryde was launched with 3 Cal Poly students and we’ve since welcomed 2,200+ Cal Poly students to our community and helped them travel 160,000+ miles across California while saving them $14,700+ in gas!
Ryde helps students connect with other riders and drivers in the community. Want to learn more about us?
Cal Poly CIE – Summer Accelerator Spotlight
Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising
POLS Department Winter 2023
Faculty Office Hours and PDF version
Graduate School Advisor
POLS Department announcing new position, Graduate School Advisor, Professor Shelley Hurt, who has successfully steered many Cal Poly students to great success in graduate schools across the country from UC Berkley to Columbia University, to the London School of Economics in Britain. She is now providing advice to all interested POLS students who wants to pursue their education at the M.A. or Doctoral level in pursuit of a broader horizon of career opportunities.
Email her or drop by during her office hours (47-11C) on Tuesdays from 1-5pm.