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B.A. in Political Science, U.S. Government, Law, and Policy Concentration

The Political Science, U.S. Government, Law, and Policy Concentration at Colorado State University is designed to prepare students to become future leaders in the public sector.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Resources for careers include the American Political Science Association and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The courses in this Political Science, U.S. Government, Law, and Policy Concentration at Colorado State University educate students about the political processes and the legal environment of all levels of American government, as well as the processes of policymaking and the administrative apparatus used to implement public policy.

Students will also be exposed to a variety of substantive policy issues including urban policy, energy policy, and environmental policy in the United States. U.S. Government, Law, and Public Policy students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in one of the many organizations in the broader community. Students in this concentration are also encouraged to participate in the Legislative Internship Program during their junior or senior years.

Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Political Science shall demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to reason through political claims and assertions by political actors
  • Skill in recognizing and responding to diverse ideological perspectives
  • Ability to locate political issues and controversies within their relevant institutional and historical contexts
  • Familiarity with the institutional processes of politics in numerous global and domestic political arenas
  • Confidence in expressing opinions and presenting analyses of political problems and their solutions

Potential Occupations

Graduates may work for government agencies, nonprofits, community organizations, lobbying firms, elected office, political communication, research and policy analysts.

Other graduates will utilize their political science education to prepare for law and graduate schools. Past students have completed internships with a variety of law firms, the cities of Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, and Westminster, the Colorado General Assembly, and Woodward among others.

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Courses Included

  • College Composition
  • American Government and Politics
  • State and Local Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Writing Arguments
  • Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

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