2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    
    Jun 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.


Our classes focus on critical engagement with current political practices globally and in the U.S. The Political Science major will give you the skills you need to pursue a career in political organizing, public policy, government, or law. Learn how to save the world… one step at a time.

As part of their degree requirements, students pursue one or more of the following hands-on learning opportunities: they can participate in Model United Nations, Moot Court, and local internships with government and non-profit organizations.

Our department offers three distinctive concentrations within the major. Students can choose to concentrate in one of these areas or can complete a major without a concentration.

  • Law and Policy: Whether you want to go to law school, work for a government agency, or advocate for change with an NGO, this concentration will help you develop the knowledge of the legal and policymaking process that you need to work effectively at the grass-roots right up to Congress.
  • Politics of Environment and Sustainability: Environmental concerns are not just technical problems, they’re key social and political challenges. This concentration explores links between environmental issues, social justice, individual freedom, and strategies for change. 
  • Global Politics: Politics, economics, and culture are increasingly global. This concentration will develop your understanding of the actors and organizations that shape our world, while deepening your understanding of the diverse peoples, politics, and cultures outside the U.S. 

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree while at HSU may wish to consider the dual degree pathway with the Master of Arts in Social Science, Environment and Community graduate program. The dual degree pathway enables exceptional students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. Please refer to the Social Science, Environment and Community Concentration, M.A.  program description in this catalog for more information.

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements  ”.

Requirements for the Major (41 units)

All courses required for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Core Courses (21 Units)


The following core course are required for all political science majors.

Concentrations (20 Units)


Students can choose to concentrate in one area or complete the major without a concentration. Complete one of the following to fulfill the 41 units required for the major.

Political Science, B.A. Program Learning Outcomes


Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • knowledge of political theories, institutions, and processes in the U.S. and internationally
  • the ability to identify, access, read, and evaluate political science research
  • the ability to critically analyze social, political, and environmental challenges facing contemporary polities, using support from appropriate sources
  • knowledge of the practice of politics through experience and reflection on their experience in relation to social responsibility, sustainability, and/or the obligations of citizenship in a globalized world
  • proficiency in written and oral communication.