Political Science

Political Science seeks to understand the dynamics of power through an analysis of political ideologies, the behavior of political actors, the functions of political systems, and the development and effects of domestic and international policies.

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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.


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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Are you considering a Political Science Major?

In the video below, sophomore, Sheila Alvarez shares what drew her to Dominican. Alison Howard, assistant professor of Political Science discusses additional reasons to go into the field.

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Be Prepared for Law School

Our Political Science program prepares your for law school by tailoring to your needs. Watch the video below for more information.

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Political Science Student Spotlight

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Upon receiving her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in 2020, Navi Dhaliwal ’16 reflected on how a comparative politics class at Dominican University of...

Political Science Class Changed Course For Alumna

The Dominican Experience

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Political Science in the News

Faculty and Staff

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Alison Dana Howard, MA

Assistant Professor of Political Science Co-Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Professor of Political Science
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager