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Political science is more than just examining government structures and discussing elites currently in office. It is the study of who has the power to make laws for a society, the institutional structures that guide how this power is used, who benefits and who loses when this power is used, and the relationship between and policies in a society. Political science students therefore study voting, elections, the structures of government institutions, and how governments around the world differ and interact.

Our diverse faculty hold degrees from some of the most prestigious universities in the nation and are specialists in the politics of Fresno and the Central Valley, California, Washington, D.C. and all around the world. They have published research and teach classes on American politics, environmental politics, the philosophy of law, public policy, and international relations. To see a list of recent faculty publications, please click here.

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We offer a bachelors degree in political science and a masters degree of public administration. Our students have gone on to work in city, county, and state government. Many now work in Washington, D.C. or around the world. Several have even been elected or appointed to public office.  Others have gone on to law school and doctoral programs in political science.  Some of these include:

  • Harvard University
  • UC Berkeley College of Law
  • UC Hastings College of Law
  • UCLA College of Law
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Cambridge University, UK
  • UC Merced
  • University of South California Price School of Public Policy
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • London School of Economics and Politics, UK
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • UC Riverside
  • University of San Diego Law School
  • UC Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education


 Notable Alumni

We believe that all of our alumni are notable, but here are a few you may have heard of, or who may give you an idea as to some of the career possibilities open to political science majors.

James E. Brumm, Former director of Mitsubishi International

Cruz Bustamante, Lt. Governor of California

Tony Capozzi, Attorney and former president of the California State Bar Association

Luis Chavez, Fresno Unified School District Board of Education

Jim Costa, California State Senator and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Larry Farnsworth, Legislative Assistant to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Diane Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, Lebanon Valley College

Ernest Kinney, Attorney

Devon Mathis, Member of the California State Assembly

Peter Mehas, Fresno County Superintendent of Education and CSU Board of Trustees

Harry Papadakis, Judge

Jim Patterson, Mayor of Fresno and California State Assembly

Rosendo Peña, Jr. - Associate Justice, California Court of Appeals

Henry Perea, Jr., Fresno City Council and California State Assembly

Armando Rodriguez, Fresno County Superior Court Judge

Victor Salazar, Fresno County Clerk

Philip Sanchez, U.S. Ambassador

Edward Sarkisian, Judge

Mark Scott, Fresno City Manager

Arthur Svenson, Professor of Political Science (University of Redlands)

Mike Villines, Member of Assembly and Assembly Republican Leader

Ian Wieland, Attorney


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