• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

 Resources for careers include the American Political Science Association and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. 

The courses in this Political Science, U.S. Government, Law, and Policy Concentration at Colorado State University educate students about the political processes and the legal environment of all levels of American government, as well as the processes of policymaking and the administrative apparatus used to implement public policy. 

Students will also be exposed to a variety of substantive policy issues including urban policy, energy policy, and environmental policy in the United States. U.S. Government, Law, and Public Policy students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in one of the many organizations in the broader community.  Students in this concentration are also encouraged to participate in the Legislative Internship Program during their junior or senior years.

Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Political Science shall demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to reason through political claims and assertions by political actors
  • Skill in recognizing and responding to diverse ideological perspectives
  • Ability to locate political issues and controversies within their relevant institutional and historical contexts
  • Familiarity with the institutional processes of politics in numerous global and domestic political arenas
  • Confidence in expressing opinions and presenting analyses of political problems and their solutions

Potential Occupations

Graduates may work for government agencies, nonprofits, community organizations, lobbying firms, elected office, political communication, research and policy analysts. 

Other graduates will utilize their political science education to prepare for law and graduate schools. Past students have completed internships with a variety of law firms, the cities of Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, and Westminster, the Colorado General Assembly, and Woodward among others.

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:

  • College Composition
  • American Government and Politics
  • State and Local Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Writing Arguments
  • Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. Your application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.
  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12260 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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