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The role of the executive branch. Legal history. Generational shifts in the electorate. 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, nation-state behavior and comparative political systems and methods. Plus you will have the chance to focus on either the politics of the United States or international/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.

MSU Denver offers prolific internship and cooperative education opportunities; along with a summer program in Washington, D.C. and study abroad courses — such as Dictatorship to Democracy in Argentina, which offers a first-hand look at the roots of authoritarianism in that country.

In addition, you will have unique opportunities to develop your leadership skills in the Department of Political Science-sponsored Model United Nations and Model Arab League as you prepare to excel in any career.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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As an MSU Denver Political Science graduate you qualify for a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, including government, law, business, journalism, international organizations and education. Among the many careers you can pursue as a Political Science graduate are:

  • Consumer advocate
  • Attorney
  • Community relations director
  • Criminologist
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Foreign service officer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • University professor


Amy Eckart_Political ScienceAmy Eckart

Amy Eckart has for several years been teaching her students about the “just war” tradition, a set of norms that apply to the waging of war. Her latest book, “Outsourcing War: The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization,” (Cornell Press, 2016) applies these norms to the new realities of privatized war.



Robert Preuhs_Political ScienceRobert Preuhs

Robert Preuhs’ research focuses on issues of representation and democracy through the lens of racial and ethnic politics, state and national political institutions and public policy. His publications have appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics and Political Research Quarterly. He and fellow professors Norman Provizer and Andy Thangasamy recently authored the piece, “Contesting Colorado: The Politics of Change in the Centennial State” in the book, “Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).



Alumni at Work

MSU Denver's Political Science alumni have found careers at the following organizations:

  • Swedish Embassy of Indonesia
  • Teach for America
  • Colorado General Assembly
  • U.S. Treasury Department
  • National Council of U.S.-Arab Relations, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of the District Attorney, Trinidad, Colo.
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Peace Corps, Mongolia

Our alumni have been accepted for post-graduate study at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, University of Denver, University of Colorado, New York University, Lehman College and George Washington University.

They have also been accepted to the law schools at the University of Michigan, University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Washington, American University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law and Seattle University School of Law.

Sample Classes

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A Political Science degree employs humanistic and scientific perspectives to the study of nations and their sub-divisions as well as regions of the world and international relations. Among MSU Denver’s robust curriculum of more than 45 courses are:

  • American National Government
  • Political Systems and Ideas
  • Conducting Political Analysis
  • Political Theory
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Politics
  • European Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Applied Political Research Lab

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus near downtown Denver and within walking distance of the State Capitol of Colorado and the Denver City and County Building. The Political Science Department houses the Golda Meir House on campus, which serves as a museum, conference center and the home of MSU Denver's Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership.

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