Political Science Overview
Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University-Pueblo
The Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of Political Science is intellectually diverse, methodologically rigorous, and dedicated to excellence in undergraduate instruction. Our undergraduate focused program is led by an exceptionally engaged and student-centric faculty who are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, and service.
As a discipline, Political Science studies the various political decisions that societies make. Through the application of rigorous research methods, Political Science is able to ask questions pertaining to such decisions and address them in an effective and careful manner. Such questions may include:
- Why are some countries prone to civil violence?
- Why did the U.S. Congress pass that legislation?
- What conditions facilitate the failure of new democracies, and when can we expect them to endure?
In pursuit of answers to these and other questions, the discipline of Political Science is divided into four major areas: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy. The department of Political Science at CSU-Pueblo hosts faculty who are experts in each of these areas. As such, a major in Political Science exposes students to the outstanding themes of each discipline through a wide range of regularly offered classes: elections and electoral politics; presidential leadership; constitutional law and development; inequality and economic development; nationalism and ethnic conflict; human rights; terrorism; war and peace; international relations; U.S. foreign policy; western political thought; public administration; and research methods, just to name a few. The department is also home to the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, which offers an array of professionally instructed courses related to human instigated disaster and natural disaster response and prevention.
A major in Political Science prepares students for professional training and advanced graduate study in:
- Policy Analysis
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Social Work, and
- Urban Planning
Political Science graduates enter into numerous career fields, examples include:
- U.S. Civil and Foreign Service
- Federal, State and Local Government
- Military, and
- Nonprofit Organizations
To pursue your interest in Political Science, you should be prepared to engage in orderly critical thinking, to consider a challenging and unsettling array of political questions, and to refine your ability to write and speak in a clear, precise manner. Please utilize this website to explore in more detail the interests and activities of the faculty in the department. We invite you to contact any of us if you have any questions.