Bachelor of Arts
Political Science students analyze the structures, processes, and outcomes of governmental decisions, and are prepared for responsible roles in the political, economic, and business life of the nation—wherever their careers may lead.
Typically, graduates pursue careers in teaching, public administration, law, or politics, but they’re also found working in foreign service, urban planning, and political analysis organizations.
The mission of the Political Science Department is to provide a personalized education of distinction that fosters students’ intellectual and critical skills, and develops their capacities to apply the study of politics to the conditions of political life especially in the context of diversity and globalization.
Through its courses and experiential learning opportunities, the Cal Lutheran Political Science department is unified by two broad themes: civic engagement and global citizenship.
The Department is committed to the belief that one of the goals of education is to link scholarship, teaching and applied knowledge to the academic study of politics. In the spirit of this there is an Political Science experiential learning component in the form of an internship or study abroad required of Political Science majors.
Students are offered opportunities to study abroad at Oxford and other notable programs, engage in community development and service projects, and intern at law firms and non-profit agencies in Washington, DC and throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Offered as a major (BA) and a minor.
- International Relations
- Law and Public Policy
Popular Minor Pairings
- Asian Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Gender and Women’s Studies
- Global Business
- Global Studies
- Legal Studies
The Political Science department gave me a plentitude of opportunities to expand my knowledge within this field. I was able to study politics at Oxford University, immerse myself into Cuban culture and government, research droughts as a McNair scholar, and be a civil servant to minority groups through the Gallegly fellowship.Hope Ramos '19
Understanding how knowledge is produced is a critical element of democratic citizenship. Working with students on research projects gives them the tools to be effective decision makers that can know the difference between good and bad truth claims.Jose Marichal
Students are offered opportunities to study abroad at Oxford and other notable programs, engage in community development and service projects, and intern in public policy and non-profit agencies in Washington, DC and throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Our alumni study at:
- Emory Law School
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Loyola Marymount Law School
- Michigan State University, Law
- Pepperdine School of Law
- Southwestern School of Law
- UC Irvine School of Law
- Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
- University of Denver, Law
- University of Southern CA (USC)
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law
- University of Oxford
- University of Utah
- University of Washington Seattle
- Whittier School of Law
Our alumni work for:
- Arc Ventura County
- California Community Foundation
- Corwin Press
- County of Ventura
- Democratic National Committee
- Foundation for Sustainable Development
- Getty Research Institute
- Los Angeles City Council
- LaVerne University
- Masry & Vititue Law Office
- Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
- San Joaquin County Office of Education
- Business Consultant
- Campaign Organizer
- Capital Fellow, DC
- Case Consultant
- Communications Director
- Field Representative
- Junior Integrated Strategist
- Health Program Research Assistant
- Law Clerk
- Legislative Analyst
- Police Officer
- Political Researcher
of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months