Department of Political Science

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to help students develop knowledge, analytical skills and critical insights in politics. Our students gain expertise in political issues that have absorbed thinkers throughout the ages, studying the causes and consequences of political developments ranging from local elections to armed uprisings.


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Meet a Recent Grad

“Critical reading and writing are something I have really perfected in my time in Moot Court. Being able to read something and pick up on little details to utilize in my writing has made me a better student all around.” - Abigail Richards






Why Study Political Science at SF State?

The Department of Political Science offers four specializations to tailor your education to your desired pathway.  Our subfields focus on American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Law.

Political Science faculty members at SF State are leading researchers in their disciplines. They are engaged public scholars, committed to deepening conversations in the nature of politics, political systems and political activism.

Examples of career fields include: law enforcement officer, lobbyist, paralegal, politician, reporter, social worker, teacher, attorney, manager, director...just to name a few. Learn more about our resources to find an abundance of possible career outcomes.

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Student Organizations

PLSI offers a Student Association, Delta Delta Honor Society and a Graduate Student Association.

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Internships are an opportunity for students to gain professional experience that can jumpstart their career.

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We offer advising through our department, the college level and the university to ensure your success.

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Moot Court Club

PLSI has an award winning Moot Court Team.  Students gain hands-on experience with mock trials.

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