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Welcome to the Department of Political Science

For over half a century, the Department of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara has been home to top scholars engaged in cutting edge research. The Department prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

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Gather for lunch and gain insight into the publishing process.

  1. February 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  1. Professional Skills Forum

Desmond King
Andrew W Mellon Professor of American Government
University of Oxford


  1. February 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
  1. PS 595 Event

David Makovsky
Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of Project middle East Peace Process,
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Ghaith Al-Omari
Senior Fellow,
Washington Institute for Near East Policy


  1. February 24, 2016 - 5:00pm


Here is a brief list of our Spring undergraduate course offerings:

Graduating this year with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or better?

Anne Pluta (Ph.D., 2012) recently had her article on Trump supporters being misinformed, not uninformed featured on Nate Silver’s prestigious FiveThirtyEight Blog.

Department Newsletter

For an in depth look at our department, the work of our faculty and students, and highlights on alumni, we invite you to read our department newsletters.

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