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The Department of Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers the study of government, public policy and the political behavior of individuals and groups at all levels of community life.

Courses in political science help teach critical skills in analysis and communication that allow students to think independently and tolerantly about current affairs in our diverse world. By employing humanistic and scientific perspectives, students gain an understanding of the complexities inherent in American national government and world affairs.

The Department of Political Science offers the following unique opportunities:

• Benefit from small classes, extensive interaction with faculty dedicated to your success and the convenience of evening course options.

• Participate in a variety of special activities, including prelaw advising and an educational summer program in Washington, D.C.

• Join MSU Denver student chapters of the National Political Science Honor Society (ΠΣΑ) and the Political Science Association.

• Learn and work in the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, a nonpartisan educational project that gives international visibility to MSU Denver.

• Get involved in co-curricular projects sponsored by the department, such as the Model Arab League and the Model United Nations.

• Intern with various organizations that can serve as steppingstones to employment and jumpstart your professional career. 


Program Options


  • B.A. in Political Science
  • Political Science Major with Secondary Education Social Studies Endorsement
  • Minor in Public Affairs and Administration
  • Minor in Native American Studies
  • Minor in Leadership
  • Minor in Legal Studies

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


An Ideal Complement to Any Major

Students seeking a Minor in political science at MSU Denver complete 21 semester hours (seven courses) in the Department of Political Science. The minor provides an ideal complement to a variety of majors, from those in STEM fields seeking to understand the policies driving their innovations, to art and humanities majors desiring to further explore public interests, to social science majors with an interest in applying their knowledge in the public sphere, and business majors who recognize the potential of social entrepreneurship. 


Hear from our students:


“With graduation and law school around the corner, I can’t thank you [the faculty] enough ... you’ve always had so much faith in me that it’s pushed me to become a better me.”

—Jennifer Rystrom (BA in political science ’14)

Sample Classes


  • American National Government
  • Political Systems and Ideas
  • Conducting Political Analysis
  • Political Theory
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Politics
  • European Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Applied Political Research Lab

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