Are you interested in American politics or social activism? Perhaps you want to learn more about the politics of other countries or international affairs. Maybe you are concerned with pressing issues of our time like climate change, inequality, and civil rights. If you are interested in any of these or related topics or you care about how power and resources are allocated in society, the political science major at Mills is for you!
The major is rigorous and structured. It also offers you an opportunity to explore exciting topics at the cutting edge of political science, like LGBTQ rights, digital activism, and women’s representation in politics. Through a combination of broad courses in the main sub-fields of political science, small seminar courses on pressing contemporary issues, and research experience with a faculty member, the major provides you with strong writing, communication, analytical, and data skills.
The faculty in the major prepare students to be leaders in a diverse and pluralistic world. After completing the major, you can pursue many different careers in public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. Political science graduates go on to work in law, consulting, research, business, government, elected office, campaigning, journalism, and more. In addition, the rigor and research experience built into this major make it an excellent choice for those who want to pursue graduate study in the social sciences.
To earn a major in political science, you must complete at least five breadth courses across the five main subfields of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Analysis, and Political Theory). You must also select a major concentration and complete an additional 18 semester credits in the concentration. Finally, you will complete a capstone research experience.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Vera Long 114, 510.430.2396, email@example.com
Professional Interests: American politics, political behavior, public opinion, racial and ethnic politics, LGBT politics, public policy, statistics and political methodology
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Department Head Public Policy & Political Science
Interim Program Head Public Policy
GSB 225, 510.430.3169, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interests: Environmental policy in the United States and China, urbanization and land use planning, global climate change, policy applications of geographic information science (GIS)
Martha C. Johnson
Associate Professor of Political Science
Vera Long 111, 510.430.3310, email@example.com
Professional Interests: Comparative politics, African politics, democratization, food politics, the politics of development