48 months
15246 USD/year
15246 USD/year
5742 USD/year
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Political Science offered by the California State University San Marcos is the study of government, individual, and institutional behavior in the public sector; relations among nation-states; and theories of politics. Political science addresses the fundamental issues confronting modern society and seeks to evaluate the processes, policies, and theories that have been devised to deal with them.


Typically, the discipline of political science is subdivided into topical fields: U.S. government and politics, including the subfields of public law, public administration, and public policy; comparative politics, which deals with government and politics within nations other than the United States; international relations, which is the analysis of politics among nations, including foreign policy, war and peace, and political economy; and political theory, which encompasses political thought throughout the ages as well as contemporary approaches.

The Political Science Program at the California State University San Marcos offers courses in each of these areas and invites students to explore a broad spectrum of topics. Political science majors may choose between a general concentration, which provides wide exposure to the fields of political science, and a global concentration, which offers majors an opportunity to focus on foreign political systems and international relations. Majors and non-majors alike are encouraged to think critically, independently, and objectively about government and politics. The goal of the program is to produce informed, empowered citizens who will contribute to their national and global communities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science will be able to:

  • Summarize the foundational principles and key concepts of Political Science.
  • Describe and analyze the roles played by political identities in historical and contemporary political environments.
  • Analyze the impact of state and non-state actors, institutions, and organizations on policy.
  • Apply theories, political thought, ideologies, and ideas to historical content and/or contemporary political realities.
  • Apply knowledge of research methods to formulate and implement an appropriate research design to analyze political phenomena.
  • Utilize effective communications skills to analyze political issues, ideas, and policies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • World Political Systems
  • Global Governance
  • Political Theory
  • United States Government and Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Completion of preparatory A–G Courses
  • Test Scores (SAT and ACT)
  • Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including CSUSM, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–12th grade A-G courses.
  • University Application
  • All official academic records
  • Official English translations of all academic records
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5742 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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