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The Department of Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) offers the study of government, public policy and the political behavior of individuals and groups at all levels of community life.

Courses in political science help teach critical skills in analysis and communication that allow students to think independently and tolerantly about current affairs in our diverse world. By employing humanistic and scientific perspectives, students gain an understanding of the complexities inherent in American national government and world affairs.

The Department of Political Science offers the following unique opportunities:

• 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 Arab League and the Model United Nations.

• Intern with various organizations that can serve as steppingstones to employment and jumpstart your professional career. 

Program Options

Students seeking a minor in the Department of Political Science complete between 18 and 21 semester hours, depending on the chosen minor. Available minors include:

Political science

Native American studies

Public Affairs and Administration


Other graduation requirements apply.

Hear from our students:

“With graduation and law school around the corner, I can’t thank you [the faculty] enough ... you’ve always had so much faith in me that it’s pushed me to become a better me.”

—Jennifer Rystrom (BA in political science ’14)

Sample Classes

Political Science

American National Government

Political Systems and Ideas

Political Theory

Native American Studies

Introduction to Native American Studies

Native American Politics

Women of Color

Public Affairs and Administration

Emerging Urban Political Systems

Environmental Politics

Politics of Budgeting


Leadership and Social Change

Social Organization and Evolution

Politics of Women’s Movements 

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