Political Science - Public Service at UC Davis

Political Science – Public Service

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  •   Advisor Name: Katy Pattison & Kaitlyn Lopes
  •   Advisor Email: Contact person by email
  •   Advisor Number: 530-752-6241

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Detailed Major Requirements

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Are you interested in how laws and regulations get made? Who influences public policy? It could be you! If you choose to major in Political Science – Public Service, your curriculum will help you focus specifically on how policy is formulated, implemented, evaluated and interpreted. Or focus on a specific area of policy, such as urban or environmental policy. You'll also complete a required internship with a political, governmental or non-profit organization related to your interests. Click on any of the links below for information relevant to both the Political Science and Political Science – Public Service majors.

Real World Outcomes

Political science majors develop research, analytic and communication skills relevant to many professional fields. These skills provide the first step toward careers in teaching, law, management, government, urban planning, journalism, politics, administration or for graduate studies in various fields.


You will begin your studies with fundamental courses in contemporary political science and the historical foundations of modern politics. At the upper-division level, you will study a broad range of topics in political theory, American government and institutions, public law, and international relations and comparative political systems.