About

California Political Science, or CalPoliSci for short, supports political science faculty and students.

The mission of CalPoliSci is to serve as hub for political science faculty and students in California.

CalPoliSci is managed by Dr. Josh Franco, Associate Professor of Political Science at Cuyamaca College in east San Diego County, California. He can be reached at josue.franco@gcccd.edu.


POLS Students

There are at least 5 types of political science students: Pre-majors, majors, transfers, undergraduates, and graduate students.

  • Pre-majors are students interested in majoring in political science. Students can be attending high school, 2-year college, 4-year university, or looking to return to a college or university after taking a break.
  • Majors are students who are attending a 2-year college or 4-year university and officially declared political science as a major.
  • Transfers are students who attended a 2-year college and now transferring to a 4-year university to continue their studies in political science.
  • Undergraduates are students who are attending a 2-year college or 4-year university and working on earning their Bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduate students are students who are attending a university and working on earning their Master’s degree or Doctoral degree in political science.

What is Political Science?

According to Political science | Fields, History, Theories, & Facts | Britannica, “political science, the systematic study of governance by the application of empirical and generally scientific methods of analysis. As traditionally defined and studied, political science examines the state and its organs and institutions. The contemporary discipline, however, is considerably broader than this, encompassing studies of all the societal, cultural, and psychological factors that mutually influence the operation of government and the body politic. Although political science borrows heavily from the other social sciences, it is distinguished from them by its focus on power—defined as the ability of one political actor to get another actor to do what it wants—at the international, national, and local levels.”

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