Department of Political Science
Role and Mission
- provides comprehensive coursework leading to a B.A. in political science. Students must focus on either American (United States) politics or international/comparative politics. Political science courses provide students with an understanding of the American (United States) political system and processes, of nation-state behavior, and of comparative political systems and methods.
- enables students to obtain a minor in political science or public affairs & administration. The public affairs & administration minor prepares students for government service or, for those already employed, a chance to upgrade their skills.
- promotes political understanding and political discussion within the university community and the general community at large.
- offers courses needed by other majors, e.g., behavioral science, criminal justice and criminology, and business.
- provides General Studies courses for all MSU Denver students.
- prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in political science or in a profession, e.g., law.
- offers courses for the teacher licensure programs.
- offers minors in Native American Studies and Public Affairs & Administration.
In that MSU Denver is located near the state capitol of Colorado, a broad-based liberal arts political science program fits appropriately the role and mission and the operational mission of the University. MSU Denver assisted the Auraria Higher Education Center in obtaining a grant to save the Golda Meir House, move it to the Auraria campus, and restore it. It currently serves as a museum, conference center, and the location of MSU Denver's Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership. The Center gives international visibility to MSU Denver.