Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Peer Advisors Location
Ellison Hall 3838
9-12, 1-4 M-F
Phone (peers): 805-893-4192
Are democracies with only two political parties more representative than those with many parties? How can governments respect diverse ethnic, racial, and religious identities, and still promote bonds of common citizenship? What should be the role of the United States in an increasingly interdependent global economy? What empirical regularities exist in how people think and act politically? Does attacking the leadership of terrorist organizations with drone strikes reduce terrorist incidents in the future? These are the types of questions that political scientists explore.
The Department of Political Science offers a balanced program, emphasizing the integration of theory and practice rather than any single approach or methodology. Pre-majors are required to take lower classes in five areas: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and research methods. Students majoring in political science choose one area of primary concentration, while also taking courses in other areas. Full requirements.
The department offers exceptional students an honors thesis program, leading to graduation "With Distinction in the Major."
Students with a bachelor's degree in political science who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as early as possible in their career at UCSB.
Advising is available to undergraduate students through our Department's Undergraduate Advisor and Academic Peer Advisors. The Undergraduate Advising Office is located in 3838 Ellison Hall and we may be reached by telephone at 805-893-4192. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 with no appointment necessary to speak with a Peer Advisor. If you have questions about a waitlist for a course, visit waitlist.ucsb.edu.