Students Majoring in Political Science
Our majors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and follow many different career paths with their bachelor's degree in political science or master's degree in public administration. During their time at Fresno State our students come to know the faculty well, and in some cases are given opportunities to participate in research. Many of our students even get to present research papers at professional political science conferences. Other students become very politically active while working on their political science degrees, working on local campaigns, interning for elected officials, and even working for local, state, and federal government. Many of our students are also active in political organizations on campus.
To learn more about degree requirements, the legal studies certificate, or career opportunities for political science majors, click here.
Political science major Tim Ryan and Dr. Lisa Bryant registering students to vote with help from Timeout.
Political Science Major Advising
The College of Social Sciences Advising Center can meet all of your general advising needs.
You will need to meet with a full-time political science faculty member of your choice whose areas of expertise most closely match your own interests and professional goals for the following:
- Mandatory advising (and removal of a registration hold) when you have completed between 60 and 75 semester credit units (including if you are a new transfer student)
- New political science major advising (to change your major)
- Advising on upper-division electives, political science careers, and graduate-level education
Contact the Political Science Department and schedule a meeting with the Department Chair, Dr. Melanie Ram, for the following:
- Course substitutions or articulations: any substitution for a required course in the major or minor or credit for a course taken at another college/university towards your political science degree requirements must be approved in writing by the Department Chair
- Internships for credit: enrollment in PLSI 158 requires consultation, completion of paperwork, and a permission number from the Department Chair
The College of Social Sciences Advising Center can address all other advising needs and questions, including:
- General education (GE) requirements
- Explaining the degree progress reports (DPRs)
- Preparation of academic plans
- Explaining graduation requirements
- Explaining the basic requirements of the political science major
- Lifting of advising holds for 2nd year freshmen and "super seniors"
Here are some other useful resources:
- Information on the Upper-Division Writing Requirement (“W” courses) or exam required of all students for graduation
- GE requirements and College of Social Sciences GE courses.
- Graduation requirements
- How to obtain and read your Degree Progress Report
- Fresno State Student Resource Guide
More information can be found on the university’s Advising Center webpage.
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