Department of Political Science and International Relations
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and a pluralistic and diverse curriculum. Students will not only graduate with a solid understanding of the theories, practices and institutions of politics, but also with an appreciation of how to create a more just and humane world.
We offer a range of courses that address every corner of the globe and that prepare students to be astute and keen political observers and actors. Through our courses, we provide opportunities for students to improve their critical thinking skills and the ability to read, write, and speak clearly, skills that are central to the liberal arts tradition and that are crucial for students to practice democratic citizenship.
To supplement these courses, we provide internship, community service learning and study abroad opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom.
Why Choose Political Science and International Relations at USD?
Multiple opportunities to get out in the field help students stand apart from their peers and in their future job search.
Alternative and global perspectives on the U.S. and exposure to different cultures and points of view enhances the curriculum and ensures that students have an informed view of the world.
Close Relationships with Faculty
Faculty are continually cultivating opportunities for students, such as internships, jobs and study abroad opportunities. Faculty often become mentors, friends and colleagues who create an important network for professional development and job placements right out of college.
Undergraduate students benefit from the master's program in international relations because they have exposure to graduate level coursework and colleagues who can inspire their own pursuits.
Access to Active Scholars and Research
Students learn from active scholars who provide up-to-date trends and expertise to their students.
In the News
// March 20, 2017
ICCE Director Carl Luna was asked to comment by the San Diego Union Tribune March 17 on calls for Democrats to be more aggressive in d…
// February 20, 2017
Professors Cory Gooding and Candice Price have each taught at the University of San Diego for a year or less — Gooding in the Politica…
// February 8, 2017
USD's partnership Institute for Civil Civic Engagement (USD College of Arts & Sciences, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego City…