Political Science and International Studies

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The Department of Political Science and International Studies helps students develop the analytical and communication skills necessary to successfully compete in the job market or pursue graduate and professional programs.

Political Science 

The study of politics helps students identify, analyze and evaluate critically significant aspects of the human condition. 

Political Science majors take a series of foundation courses, such as Political Philosophy, along with a set of upper-division elective courses from the following subfields: 

American Politics and Society, Law and Society, Political Philosophy, and International Politics and Policy. 

With faculty’s help, you’ll acquire analytical, verbal, and written communication skills to  successfully pursue your career and educational goals. 

International Studies

International Studies majors explore the global dimensions of economics, politics, culture and the environment as they relate to a particular geographic area of study. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to work in multicultural settings both here or abroad.

Students work with their advisors to create a curricular plan that focuses on a specific region of the world. This approach often leads to a study abroad experience that helps them develop a richer perspective of their own culture. 

As an International Studies major, you’ll develop the analytical and communication skills needed to successfully compete in the job market and pursue graduate and professional programs.

Academic Programs

4 + 1 program 

Undergraduates can begin graduate work in their second year and earn a master’s degree in humanities, along with their undergraduate degree, in just four years.

 

Political Science and International Studies Leadership

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Alison Dana Howard, MA

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Debate Club

Students engage in rigorous debate practices, exhibitions and tournaments, and develop a portfolio of public policy research summaries.

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Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program

Each year, Dominican selects a student leader for the program. Following a two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, the student intern is placed at a congressional office in Washington D.C. to work for the fall semester.

Faculty and Staff

Alison Howard headshot

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

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