The Department of Political Science at UCSD is recognized as one of the best in the country. Founded in 1974, our department now is home to many of the world's leading scholars who represent a broad range of backgrounds, methodologies, and specialties. Our commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarship provides the foundation for cutting-edge education and research that is changing the field of modern political science.
On July 4, 2013, the UC San Diego Department of Political Science lost a valued, dear colleague—Ellen Turkish Comisso. A pioneer in the study of East European political economy, a member of the generation of political scientists whose careers opened new paths toward gender equity, and a beloved mentor of young scholars, Ellen will be missed by many. read more
Washington Monthly's 2013 national universities rankings places UCSD as number 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Rankings based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research, and Civic Engagement.
Affordable Colleges Online ranks programs based on the quality of education, academic atmosphere, student life, job placement, and student earning potential. On these measures, UCSD Political Science ranks #3 in the nation and earned particular notice for our "hands-on, fully engaged learning experience" and success in attracting the most competitive students.
As part of the university's ongoing efforts to promote intellectual and community diversity among its student body, faculty and staff, steps are being taken to advance a positive and dynamic campus climate at UC San Diego and throughout the UC system. To learn more, please visit Campus Climate Update.