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The role of the executive branch. Legal history. Generational shifts in the electorate. And global politics. What does it all mean for you, your community and the world?

As an MSU Denver Political Science student, you will study America’s political system and processes, individual behavior, nation-state behavior and comparative political systems and methods. Plus you will be exposed to the politics of the United States and international relations and comparative politics, all while building critical perspective, analytical proficiencies and communication skills that will help you understand and grapple with complex local, national and global affairs.

The Political Science program will also connect you to real-world local, state and national politics. MSU Denver offers extensive internship and cooperative education opportunities that prepare you for careers in government, law, journalism, business or wherever you see yourself working to improve the status quo. In fact, 30% of our majors participated in an internship by the time they graduate. And our classes are not limited to our borders, as you can enroll in faculty-led study-abroad courses as well.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Political Science delivers all the academic content you expect from a minor while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s political community. Students here have the advantage of the following unique opportunities:

  • Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus that’s located only minutes from the Colorado Capitol Building.
  • Benefit from small classes, extensive interaction with faculty dedicated to your success and the convenience of evening course options.
  • Participate in a variety of special activities, including prelaw advising and an educational summer program in Washington, D.C.
  • Join MSU Denver student chapters of the National Political Science Honor Society (ΠΣΑ) and the Political Science Association.
  • Learn and work in the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, a nonpartisan educational project that gives international visibility to MSU Denver.
  • Get involved in co-curricular projects sponsored by the department, such as the Model United Nations and a variety of events, from movies in our media lounge to lectures by leading academics and practitioners from around the world.
  • Intern with various organizations that can serve as stepping stones to employment and jumpstart your professional career in political science.

An Ideal Complement to Any Major

Students seeking a Minor in political science at MSU Denver complete 21 semester hours (seven courses) in the Department of Political Science. The minor provides an ideal complement to a variety of majors, from those in STEM fields seeking to understand the policies driving their innovations, to art and humanities majors desiring to further explore public interests, to social science majors with an interest in applying their knowledge in the public sphere, and business majors who recognize the potential of social entrepreneurship.

Contact the Department of Political Science

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m

Mailing Address:

MSU Denver Department of Political Science
Campus Box 43
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO. 80217-3362


Auraria Campus
King Center
Room – 498