Political Science Major, B.A.
The role of the executive branch. Legal history. Generational shifts in the electorate. The Politics of Protest. 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, effective political action, 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 perspectives, analytical proficiencies and communication skills that will help you understand and grapple with complex local, national and global affairs.
Located in the heart of Denver, the Political Science program offers prolific internship and cooperative education opportunities that provide first-hand experiences with politics in action—all within walking distance. For those interested in international politics, the opportunity to participate in the Model United Nations and extensive travel abroad and student exchange programs enrich already expansive on-campus coursework
The Department of Political Science offers a myriad of career-ready degrees:
- Political Science Major, B.A. with Secondary Education Social Studies Endorsement
- Minor in Leadership Studies
- Minor in Legal Studies
- Minor in Native American Studies
- Minor in Political Science
- Minor in Public Affairs and Administration
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Department of Political Science delivers all the academic content you expect from a B.A. program 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.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Earning a BA in political science from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers in public and private sectors including state, local and federal governments and their agencies; public policy; law; business; journalism; foreign service and international organizations as well as secondary and college education. Here are just a few specific careers that await a political science major:
- Political Activist, Advocate or Organizer
- Public Agency, Non-profit or Private Sector Administrator
- Budget Analyst
- Campaign Consultant and Operative
- Intelligence Analyst
- Public Affairs Consultant
- International Agency Officer
- Policy Analyst
- Research Analyst
- Public Opinion Analyst
- Foreign Service Officer
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).
Sheila Rucki teaches in the sub-fields of political theory and international relations/international political economy. She works with her students to develop research and analysis skills and to learn to understand the world through the lens of critical political theory. Her research has been published in New Political Science and she has contributed chapters to At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries from Brill Publishing. She is also an Erasmus + Faculty Exchange fellow.
Professor Weiden teaches Native American Studies and Political Science. He specializes in Native American issues, law, and American politics as well as writing essays and fiction. His novel Winter Counts was released in 2020.
“I use a variety of approaches in my teaching: real-world applications and problems, case studies, examples from film and literature, and critical thinking exercises to challenge students to examine issues of law, politics, and indigenous peoples."
-David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Professor
“Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have professors who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure my success and the success of my peers. The work they do, especially in the context of a school like MSU Denver, literally changes the trajectory of success for students who are often first generation college students like myself.”
José Romero, Political Science Major
MSU Denver Class of 2020. Admitted to graduate school at George Washington University.
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.
“A robust curriculum of over 45 offerings apply humanistic and scientific perspectives to the study of political behavior, states, nations and international relations in the global system. Here are just a few courses offered:”
- 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.