Dr. Ram and Students

Students Majoring in Political Science

Our majors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and plan to follow many different careers paths with their bachelors or masters degrees in political science. 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 the classes required for the political science BA degree, click here.
  • To learn more about our legal studies certificate, click here.
  • To learn more about our masters degree in public administration, click here.
  • To learn more about the many types of careers you can pursue with a political science major, as well as the department's student organization, click on the buttons to the left.

Tim Ryan and Lisa Bryant and Timeout

Political science major Tim Ryan and Dr. Lisa Bryant registering students to vote with help from Timeout.


Political Science Major Advising

Professors are assigned as your advisers based on the first letter of your last name.  Please use this chart to determine who your adviser is:

Y. Abosch:          O - R

K. Cline:               I - L and all double majors and MPA students

J. Cummins:        M - N

K. Hansen:          C - E

T. Holyoke:          S

R. Mardon:           T - Z

M. Ram:               F - H

M. Somma:          A - B

The department REQUIRES you to bring your most recent Degree Audit Reporting System, or DARS, form with you to your advising meeting. Your advisor will not meet with you if you do not bring one.

For all GE advising services, and many other advising services, please go the College of Social Science Advising Center here.

For more advising help, check out the university's Advising Center by clicking  here.

For more information on how to view and print your latest DARS report, please download this file and look at the second page.

Remember that all students must complete Fresno State's writing requirement, either by taking a course with a "W" designation or passing the writing exam. Information on the writing exam can be found here under "upper division writing exam."

For your convenience, here is a list of General Education (GE) requirements all Fresno State students must fulfill. Here is a list of GE courses offered by the College of Social Sciences.

Here is a list of requirements for graduation.

For more information on the many resources the university offers students, including health and academic support information, check out the Fresno State Student Resource Guide.

Students with any concerns regarding their personal safety are encouraged to consult the CARE Team website for information on what they should do.