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Dr. Ram and Students

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 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

The Department partners with the Advising Center of the College of Social Science to advise all political science majors.  Here is how it works:

Meet with a full time faculty member for:

  • Mandatory advising of all political science majors when you have completed between 60 and 75 semester credit units.  Please meet with the faculty member whose areas of expertise most closely matches your own interests and professional goals.  Here is a list of faculty areas of expertise.
  • If you are a transfer student interested in majoring in political science, you must meet with a faculty member whose areas of expertise most closely match your own interests and goals.
  • General mentoring regarding upper division electives, employment, and graduate-level education (including law school).

Meet with the Legal Studies Adviser, Dr. Yishaiya Abosch, if you are interested in the Legal Studies Certificate Program.

Meet with the Department Chair, Dr. Melanie Ram, for the following needs:

  • Articulation of courses - All questions related to transfer courses and units from other universities / colleges students wish to have counted towards their political science major requirements must be approved in writing by the chair.
  • Substitution of courses - Any course or courses to be used in place of a required course in the political science major must be approved in writing by the department chair.
  • Internships - All political science majors interested in internships for credit (PLSI 158) will need to meet with either the department chair or internship coordinator.

For all other advising needs, students should make an appointment to meet with advisers in the College of Social Sciences Advising Center.  These include the following:

  • 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 "supper seniors"

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

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.