(College of Letters & Science)
Erik J. Engstrom, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 469 Kerr Hall; 530-752-0966
Political Science Undergraduate Student Matters. 468 Kerr Hall; 530-752-6241
International Relations Undergraduate Student Matters. 464 Kerr Hall; 530-754-8098
Graduate Student Matters. 472 Kerr Hall; 530-752-0969, http://ps.ucdavis.edu
The Political Science Major Program
Political science is the study of politics and political systems at the local, national, and international levels. It concerns not only the institutions of government but also the analysis of such phenomena as political behavior, political values, political change and stability, parties, pressure groups, bureaucracies, administrative behavior, justice, national security, and international affairs.
The Program. The Department of Political Science offers two major programs: political science and political science-public service. The political science major aims to provide the student with a broad understanding of political concepts, political institutions, political behavior, and political processes. The political science-public service major is for students who desire opportunities for practical hands-on experience in their major. It differs in particular from the political science major in its internship requirement and its focus on the American political system.
Major Advisor. Consult Department office.
Internships and Career Alternatives. Both the proximity of UC Davis to the state capitol and the programs offered by the UC Washington Center afford exceptional internship possibilities in local, state, and national government offices, providing students with actual experience in politics and government service while still attending school. A student who majors in political science acquires research and analytic skills relevant to many professional fields. Consequently, the majors offered in political science are valuable not only in providing students with a better understanding of politics and political systems, but also as a first step toward careers in teaching, law, management, government, urban planning, journalism, politics, administration, or for graduate studies in numerous fields.
Public Affairs Internship Program. This program is open to upper division students in any major who want to obtain an internship in the area of government and public service. Information and applications are available from the Political Science Department in 468 Kerr Hall.
Graduate Study. The Department of Political Science offers a program of graduate study and research leading to a Ph.D. degree or an M.A./J.D. joint degree. The M.A./J.D. joint degree is done only in conjunction with UC Davis School of Law. Information concerning admission to these programs and requirements for completion are available in the Graduate Program Coordinator office.
Graduate Advisor. Consult Graduate Program Coordinator office.
American History and Institutions. This University requirement may be satisfied by passing any one of the following Political Science (POL) courses: 001, 005, 100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, 113, 130, 131, 160, 163; see also under American History & Institutions requirements.