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Political Science

Portland State University’s undergraduate and graduate Political Science programs are preparing the next generation of civic leaders.

Political Science programs are about power, conflict, political challenges and social change in today’s democratic and globally connected environment. What role will you play?

Students graduating with a degree from the Political Science division of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government do so ready to start or advance careers in law, politics, public policy, foreign aid, sustainable global development and poverty reduction, international justice, communications and education. Career possibilities abound because PSU’s Political Science division allows students to customize their degree program around hands-on concentration options, multi-disciplinary opportunities and rigorous curricula — all within Oregon’s largest and very politically active city.

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Political Science offerings are robust, with rigorous, hands-on options that include legal studies, public service and international development programs.

Graduate Program

Graduate students in Political Science enter a world of intense scholarship and analysis to prepare for doctorate level study or leadership careers at non-governmental organizations, think tanks, or in political consulting.

Doctoral Program

The Hatfield School offers two interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree programs that capitalize on the full gamut of academic resources within CUPA as well as resources from our Portland, Oregon community.