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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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The Department of Political Science had the honor of recognizing several undergraduate and graduate students who received campus and department awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. A full listing of students who were recognized at the awards presentation on June 9, 2016 are listed in this PDF.

Fifteen political science majors participated in this year’s honors program and presented their yearlong research projects at the annual Honors Colloquium on June 10. Students who participate in the honors program, spend their senior year engaging in independent research, culminating in a written honors thesis and participation in the honors colloquium.


All incoming graduate students are invited to participate in the department's Graduate Student Orientation, which will provide an overview to the graduate program and department and campus resources.

  1. September 19, 2016 -
    9:00am to 2:00pm

Samuel C. Y. Ku
Professor and Director, Insistute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

  1. October 25, 2016 - 4:00pm

Da chi Liao
Professor, Institute of Political Science, Natoinal Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

  1. October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm

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