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Political Science

Rigorous. Provocative. Rewarding. PSU students are more astute, critical, and articulate observers of, and participants in, the multifaceted phenomenon of politics.

The study of power, diversity and conflict, government, resource allocation and political machines — a PSU Political Science education is a civic education that’s as practical as it is political. Our faculty emphasize critical thinking, engagement, and participation, developing students’ capabilities as citizens to respond effectively to political challenges and opportunities in a democratic and globally connected society. 

Undergraduate students in Political Science can choose to major or minor in Political Science, or minor in Law & Legal Studies. Additionally, a Public Service Option and International Development Option offer experiential learning opportunities to undergraduates who are eager to learn and explore outside the classroom in either of those two focus areas. The undergraduate Political Science program also offers an Honors Program.

Graduate students of the Political Science division can choose from a Masters of Arts (M.A.) or Masters of Science (M.S.) degree. The division participates in the Public Affairs and Policy doctoral program.

As a division of PSU’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, the Political Science undergraduate and graduate programs are housed in a brand-new facility in the vibrant downtown core. Our location in the heart of a city as politically active as Portland allows students to apply classroom knowledge to — and gain valuable out-of-classroom learning from — the local community. PSU Political Science students also benefit from the university’s relationships with city, regional, state, and federal offices, along with partnerships with internationally focused groups such as the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Following graduation, Political Science alumni are well-prepared to pursue careers in politics, law, public administration, communications, education, global development and more.