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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #494 (BCR) California, PA, United States
We offer a bachelor degree in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. Courses offered by the Department of Political Science are intended to help all students become more effective participants in a democratic society, both as makers of public policy and as individuals affected by those policies.
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Students study voting, elections, the structures of government institutions, and how governments around the world differ and interact. They also explore local, national, and global issues.  We prepare our majors for a wide variety of careers in government, education, business, journalism, the nonprofit sector, and international affairs, as well as law school and graduate school.

At California State University, Fresno, we offer a bachelor degree in Political Science. Students may elect to concentrate within political science on American government and politics, international politics, legal studies, or public policy. Detailed course and career information on each of these optional tracks is available. For those who achieve a high measure of proficiency in their undergraduate program, the department offers advanced work leading to the master’s degree in public administration.

Career Development

What You Can Do

  • Manage political campaigns
  • Pursue a career in public office or law
  • Advocate for policy change
  • Join the Peace Corps or Foreign Service

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Modern Politics
  • American Government and Institutions
  • Introduction to Environmental Politics
  • Methods of Analysis of Quantitative Political Data
  • California Politics
  • Women in US Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card or Submit the Paper Application
  • Official English language proficiency
  • Original or certificated copies of in-progress or final transcripts
  • A copy of graduation certificate (if applicable)
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Statement of purpose, principal's or teacher's recommendation is encouraged not required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16089 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1000 - 1500 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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