Welcome to the Department of Political Science Undergraduate Program
Political Science is the sixth largest major on campus, with over nine percent of UCSD students graduating from our department. Our department offers a general political science major along with six areas of concentration - American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public law, and public policy. In recent years, many of our students have been admitted to leading graduate programs in political science, international business, economics, and law. They have also found employment in the private and government sectors.
The heart of the UCSD campus belongs to its six undergraduate colleges
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, John Muir, Revelle and our newest college, Sixth. Our college system combines the friendly intimacy of a small campus with the academic advantages of a major research university. Each of these colleges has a unique educational philosophy and different graduation requirements. Each faculty member is formally affiliated with one of these colleges. Departmental courses are open to students of all colleges.
The Center for the World University Rankings (CWUR) ranks University of California, San Diego as the fourth best public university in the U.S. and the 21st best university in the world. These rankings are based on quality of research, faculty, influence, enterprise and successful alumni.
UC San Diego ranked 2nd out of 258 institutions in Washington Monthly's 2009 national university college rankings.
U.S. News & World Report ranked UC San Diego the 7th best public university in the nation in its 2010 America's Best Colleges guidebook. UCSD is 35th among the 262 public and private universities ranked.
UC San Diego is listed as the top California public university - ahead of UC Berkeley and UCLA - in Lumosity's annual ranking of the "smartest colleges in America." We are #23 overall.