Department Chair: Teresa Wright
Department Office: Social Science Public Affairs (SS/PA) Rm 257
Telephone: (562) 985‑4704
FAX: (562) 985-4979
Faculty: Mary Caputi, Christopher Dennis, Larry George, Cora Sol Goldstein, Liesl Haas, Richard Haesly, William M. Leiter, Larry F. Martinez, Charles Noble, Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, Gerry Riposa, Ronald J. Schmidt, Barry H. Steiner, Kevin Wallsten, Jason E. Whitehead, Amy Widestrom, Teresa Wright
Administrative Coordinator: Nancy St. Martin
Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors:
Political Scientist • Journalist • Foreign Service Officer • Urban Planner • Para Legal • Labor Relations Specialist • Administrator• Researcher • Lobbyist • Archivist • Probation/Parole Officer • Intelligence Analyst • Teacher • Lawyer • Social Service Worker • Market Research Analyst • Public Survey Worker • Community Organizer • Politician • Legislative Aide • City Manager (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)
The political science major provides systematic knowledge of the nature and scope of political science. In addition, a political science major is preparation for general education, good citizenship and participation in political life.
This program combines opportunities to intern in legal settings with study in liberal arts, government, and public law. Interested students should consult with the Pre-law advisor to plan a course of study and prepare for law school admission.
The Education Code requires each college graduate to meet (1) a federal government requirement and (2) a California state and local government requirement. Both of these requirements can be met by POSC 100 (for lower division students) or POSC 391 (for upper division students). If the student has completed the federal government requirement, but not the California state and local government requirement, the student should take POSC 199, 326, or 399. Students who have taken American federal, state or local government at another institution should check with a political science advisor before enrolling.