Political Science

The study of political science includes much more than an analysis of current events, the activities of politicians, or the workings of governmental institutions. Political science delves into the nature of power, both its uses (and abuses).

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Learn to identify, analyze, and evaluate critically significant aspects of the human condition, all vital to your liberal arts education. Our program fosters the development of skills required for informed, active, and responsible citizenship.

Political Science majors take a sequence of courses designed to provide a broad foundation of understanding. Next, students take a set of upper division elective courses in at least two subfields (American Politics and Society, Law and Society, Political Philosophy, or International Politics and Policy) including one course in political philosophy, a requirement designed to cultivate a greater awareness of what is ultimately at stake for humans in their moral and political lives.

Faculty work with students to help them acquire analytical, verbal, and written communication skills to compete successfully in the job market as well as apply for graduate and professional programs.

Minor

The Political Science minor complements a variety of different majors. It promotes the development of skills required for informed, active, and responsible citizenship by focusing on identifying, analyzing, and evaluating significant aspects of the human condition. Learn more about our Minor Requirements in our course catalog.

Career Paths

The Political Science major prepares students for a variety of careers in the areas of policy analysis, teaching, law, diplomacy, business, government, non-governmental organization, campaign management, and journalism.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Faculty and Staff

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Alison Dana Howard, MA

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Interim Dean Professor of Political Science
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager, School of Liberal Arts and Education