Political Science

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Political Science major is concerned with exploring the exercise of power in its myriad forms and consequences. Students in the major are encouraged to explore central issues, such as the ethical problems attendant to the exercise of power; the history of important political ideas, such as liberty, justice, community, and morality; the impact of historical, economic, and social forces on the operation of politics; the functioning and distinctive features of the US political system; the diversity of political systems and the significance of these differences; and the interactions among international actors and the causes of war and peace. Undergraduate courses in political science vary from large lectures of 325 students to small seminars of 18 students. The courses are challenging, often emphasizing critical reading and analytical writing.

Declaring the Major

To declare the major, students must have completed the minimum eligibility and must attend a declaration-orientation session. For information regarding minimum eligibility, please see the Major Requirements tab on this page. Transfer students may go to assist.org for a list of California community college courses that satisfy University and major requirements. Upper division courses in the major are restricted to declared Political Science majors in Phase 1 of registration and usually fill before Phase 1 ends, so students should declare, if eligible, before the start of Phase 1 of registration.

Students must attend a Major Declaration Session to declare the major:

  1. Pick a date from the calendar on the website linked below. Students will be eligible to attend a Major Declaration Session after they have completed the final for their second introductory Political Science course.
  2. Gather transcript(s) and make copies of them to submit. See more on transcripts below.
  3. Come early to secure a spot! The first 25 students who arrive at each session will be accepted to attend the session (unless indicated otherwise). Sessions held early and late in the semester as well as during the registration period are usually full. A sign-up sheet is available an hour before the session; there is no need to arrive earlier than an hour before the posted time.

Do not come to a declaration session without all needed transcripts. This includes transcripts (unofficial transcripts are okay) for courses taken at community colleges, other universities, and UC Berkeley. For UC Berkeley courses, students can print out their Academic Summary on Cal Central. One copy of each transcript is all that is required. Academic Progress Reports and Transfer Credit Reports from CalCentral are not acceptable. The department keeps the transcript, so students should bring a copy they can spare. (Transcripts for courses that do not count for the major are not needed.)

A declaration session takes about an hour and includes a brief orientation to the major and Q&A after which declaration forms are completed (forms are supplied — students supply the transcripts).

For a schedule of Major Declaration Sessions, please see the department website.

Honors Program

Declared Political Science majors with a 3.5 grade-point average (GPA) in the major and a 3.3 overall GPA who have senior standing and have completed at least two letter-graded upper division political science courses at Berkeley are eligible to apply for the honors program. The honors program consists of a two-semester seminar, POL SCI H190A and POL SCI H190B (offered in fall/spring only), and culminates in the writing of an honors thesis. Students must also obtain the sponsorship of a member of the faculty who will guide the research. Applications can only be made online; please refer to the undergraduate program section of the website. Departmental honors are awarded upon completion of the honors seminar with a grade of B+ or better, a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major, and a 3.3 in overall work at Berkeley.

Minor Program

There is no minor program in Political Science.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower Division Prerequisites: Two Courses
Methods Requirement: POL SCI 3
History Requirement: One Course
Distribution Requirement: One Course
Subfield Specialization: Three Courses
Upper Division Requirements: A total of eight courses within the department

Lower Division Prerequisites

Select two courses from the following (one course should be in the student's intended subfield of specialization)
POL SCI 1Introduction to American Politics4
POL SCI 2Introduction to Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 4Introduction to Political Theory4
POL SCI 5Introduction to International Relations4

Methods Requirement

POL SCI 3Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods4

History Requirement

Select one course from the following list of preapproved history courses.

AFRICAM 4AAfrica: History and Culture4
AFRICAM 4BAfrica: History and Culture4
AFRICAM 111Race, Class, and Gender in the United States3
ASIANST 10Introduction to Asia4
CELTIC 70The World of the Celts4
CLASSIC 10AIntroduction to Greek Civilization4
CLASSIC 10BIntroduction to Roman Civilization4
DEV STD C100Course Not Available
ECON 113American Economic History4
ECON 115The World Economy in the Twentieth Century4
ETH STD 10ACA History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present4
ETH STD 21ACA Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S4
GERMAN 160APolitics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: A Century of Extremes4
GERMAN 160CPolitics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: A Divided Nation. Politics and Culture in Germany 1945-19904
HISTORY 4AOrigins of Western Civilization: The Ancient Mediterranean World4
HISTORY 4BOrigins of Western Civilization: Medieval Europe4
HISTORY 5European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present4
HISTORY 6AHistory of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest4
HISTORY 6BIntroduction to Chinese History from the Mongols to Mao4
HISTORY 7AIntroduction to the History of the United States: The United States from Settlement to Civil War4
HISTORY 7BIntroduction to the History of the United States: The United States from Civil War to Present4
HISTORY 10African History4
HISTORY 8ALatin American History: Becoming Latin America, 1492 to 18244
HISTORY 8BLatin American History: Modern Latin America4
HISTORY 11India4
HISTORY 12The Middle East4
HISTORY 14Introduction to the History of Japan4
HISTORY 105AAncient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History4
HISTORY 105BAncient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE4
HISTORY 106AAncient Rome: The Roman Republic4
HISTORY 106BAncient Rome: The Roman Empire4
HISTORY 108Byzantium4
HISTORY 122ACAntebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society4
HISTORY 123Civil War and Reconstruction4
HISTORY 124AThe Recent United States: The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II4
HISTORY 124BThe Recent United States: The United States from World War II4
HISTORY 126ACourse Not Available
HISTORY 126BCourse Not Available
HISTORY 131BSocial History of the United States: Creating Modern American Society: From the End of the Civil War to the Global Age4
HISTORY 137ACThe Repeopling of America4
HISTORY C139BThe American Immigrant Experience4
HISTORY C139CCivil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History4
HISTORY C139DFrom Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age: Struggles for Racial Equality and Economic Equity from 'Double Victory' to 'Occupy'4
HISTORY 140BMexico: Modern Mexico4
HISTORY 141BSocial History of Latin America: Social History of Modern Latin America4
HISTORY 143Brazil4
HISTORY 149BMedieval Italy: Italy in the Age of Dante (1000-1350)4
HISTORY 150BMedieval England: From the Conquest to 12904
HISTORY 151ABritain 1485-Present: Tudor Stuart Britain, 1485-16604
HISTORY 151BBritain 1485-Present: Britain, 1660-18514
HISTORY 151CBritain 1485-Present: The Peculiar Modernity of Britain, 1848-20004
HISTORY 152ATopics in the History of the British Isles: Ireland Since the Union4
HISTORY 154Course Not Available4
HISTORY 155AMedieval Europe: From the Late Empire to the Investiture Conflict4
HISTORY 155BMedieval Europe: From the Investiture Conflict to the Fifteenth Century4
HISTORY C157The Renaissance and the Reformation4
HISTORY 158AModern Europe: Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe, 1715-18154
HISTORY 158BModern Europe: Europe in the 19th Century4
HISTORY 158CModern Europe: Old and New Europe, 1914-Present4
HISTORY 159AEuropean Economic History4
HISTORY 159BEuropean Economic History4
HISTORY 160The International Economy of the 20th Century4
HISTORY 162AEurope and the World: Wars, Empires, Nations 1648-19144
HISTORY 162BWar and Peace: International Relations since 19144
HISTORY 163ACourse Not Available4
HISTORY 163BCourse Not Available4
HISTORY 164AThe Birth of Modern Thought: European Intellectual History, 1500-18004
HISTORY 165ATopics in Modern European History: The Reformations of Christendom4
HISTORY 165BTopics in Modern European History: The World, the Picture, and the Page: The Revolution in European Culture since the late 18th Century4
HISTORY 166ACourse Not Available4
HISTORY 166BModern France: Old Regime and Revolutionary France4
HISTORY 166CModern France4
HISTORY 167AModern Germany: Early Modern Germany4
HISTORY 167BModern Germany: The Rise and Fall of the Second Reich: Germany 1770-19184
HISTORY 167CModern Germany: Germany 1914 to the Present4
HISTORY 168ASpain and Portugal: The Spanish and Portuguese Empires in the Golden Age: 1450-17004
HISTORY 169AModern Italy: Renaissance and Baroque Italy 1350-18004
HISTORY 170The Netherlands4
HISTORY 171ARussia: Russia to 17004
HISTORY 171BRussia: Imperial Russia: From Peter the Great to the Russian Revolution4
HISTORY 171CRussia: The Soviet Union, 1917 to the Present4
HISTORY 173BHistory of Eastern Europe: The Habsburg Empire, 1740-19184
HISTORY 173CHistory of Eastern Europe: History of Eastern Europe: From 1900 to the Present4
HISTORY C175BJewish Civilization: Modern Period4
HISTORY 177AArmenia: Armenia from Ethnogenesis to the Dark Ages4
HISTORY 177BArmenia: From Pre-modern Empires to the Present4
HISTORY 185AHistory of Christianity: History of Christianity to 12504
IAS 45Survey of World History4
NE STUD 10Introduction to the Near East4
NE STUD C26Introduction to Central Asia3
NE STUD 109Mesopotamian History3
NE STUD 130AHistory of Ancient Israel3
NE STUD 130BHistory of Ancient Israel3
NE STUD 147The Rise of Islamic Civilization4
NE STUD 173ATopics in the History of Central Asia and the Turks3
NE STUD 173BTopics in the History of Central Asia and the Turks3
NE STUD 175History and Culture of Afghanistan3
PACS 125ACWar, Culture, and Society4
PORTUG 113Brazilian Civilization4
SCANDIN 123Viking and Medieval Scandinavia4

Distribution Requirement

Select at least one lower or upper division course from each of the five primary sub-fields below:

American Politics
POL SCI 1Introduction to American Politics4
POL SCI 102The American Presidency4
POL SCI 103Congress4
POL SCI 103WThe Congress4
POL SCI 104Political Parties4
POL SCI 105The Politician4
POL SCI 106AAmerican Politics: Campaign Strategy - Media4
POL SCI 109ASpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109BSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109GSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109HSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109LSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109MSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109RSpecial Topics in American Politics4
POL SCI 109WSelected Topics in American Politics-UCDC4
POL SCI 111ACThe Politics of Displacement4
POL SCI 150The American Legal System4
POL SCI 157AConstitutional Law of the United States4
POL SCI 157BConstitutional Law of the United States4
POL SCI 161Public Opinion, Voting and Participation4
POL SCI 164APolitical Psychology and Public Policy,Political Psychology and Involvement4
POL SCI N164APsychology of Politics4
POL SCI 166Latinos and the U.S. Political System4
POL SCI 167ACRacial and Ethnic Politics in the New American Century4
POL SCI 169Selected Topics in Political Behavior4
POL SCI 171California Politics4
POL SCI 175AUrban and Metropolitan Government and Politics4
POL SCI 181Public Organization and Administration4
POL SCI 186Public Problems4
Comparative Politics
POL SCI 2Introduction to Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 137ARevolutionary Change4
POL SCI 138EThe Varieties of Capitalism: Political Economic Systems of the World4
POL SCI 138FImmigrants, Citizenship, and the State4
POL SCI 138GNational Success and Failure in the Age of a Global Economy: from Pleats to Cleats4
POL SCI 139BDevelopment Politics4
POL SCI 139DUrban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
POL SCI C139Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
POL SCI 140ESelected Topics in Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 140FSelected Topics in Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 140RSelected Topics in Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 140SSelected Topics in Comparative Politics4
POL SCI 141CPolitics and Government in Eastern Europe4
POL SCI 142AMiddle East Politics4
POL SCI 143ANortheast Asian Politics4
POL SCI 143BJapanese Politics4
POL SCI 143CChinese Politics4
POL SCI 143TChinese Politics and Society4
POL SCI 144American Foreign Policy Toward Asia4
POL SCI 144BPolitics of Divided Korea4
POL SCI 145ASouth Asian Politics4
POL SCI 145BSouth Asian Politics4
POL SCI W145AUnderstanding Political Developments in India4
POL SCI 146AAfrican Politics4
POL SCI 146DEnvironment, Culture, and Peacebuilding6
POL SCI N146CConflict and Change in Southern Africa4
POL SCI 147FContemporary French Politics: The Republican Model in Transition4
POL SCI 147GThe Welfare State in Comparative Perspective4
POL SCI 147TGerman History and Politics4
POL SCI 148ALatin American Politics4
POL SCI 149BSpecial Topics in Area Studies4
POL SCI 149ESpecial Topics in Area Studies4
POL SCI 149FSpecial Topics in Area Studies4
POL SCI 149ISpecial Topics in Area Studies4
POL SCI 149PSpecial Topics in Area Studies4
POL SCI 149WSpecial Topics in Area Studies4
Empirical Theory and Quantitative Methods
POL SCI 3Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods4
POL SCI C131AApplied Econometrics and Public Policy4
POL SCI C135Game Theory in the Social Sciences4
POL SCI W135Game Theory in the Social Sciences4
Political Theory
POL SCI 4Introduction to Political Theory4
POL SCI 111ACThe Politics of Displacement4
POL SCI 112AHistory of Political Theory4
POL SCI 112BHistory of Political Theory4
POL SCI 112CHistory of Political Theory4
POL SCI 112DHistory of European Political Theory: The 20th Century4
POL SCI N113AAmerican Political Theory4
POL SCI 114ATheories of Governance: Late 20th Century4
POL SCI 116ASpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116BSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116CSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116DSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116ESpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116FSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116GSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116HSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116ISpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116JSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116KSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116LSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116MSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116NSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116OSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116PSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116QSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116RSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116SSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116TSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116USpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116VSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116WSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116XSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116YSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
POL SCI 116ZSpecial Topics in Political Theory4
International Relations
POL SCI 5Introduction to International Relations4
POL SCI 122APolitics of European Integration4
POL SCI 123ASpecial Topics in International Relations4
POL SCI 123GSpecial Topics in International Relations4
POL SCI 123HSpecial Topics in International Relations4
POL SCI 123MConflict Management4
POL SCI 123SSpecial Topics in International Relations4
POL SCI 124AWar!4
POL SCI 124CEthics and Justice in International Affairs4
POL SCI 124MThe Scientific Study of International Conflict4
POL SCI 125Civil Conflict and International Intervention4
POL SCI 126AInternational Political Economy4
POL SCI 128Chinese Foreign Policy4
POL SCI 128AChinese Foreign Policy4

Subfield Specialization

Students must specialize in one of the five primary subfields by completing the introductory course and taking two upper division courses in that subfield (see above).

Upper Division Requirements

Students must complete a total of eight upper division courses within the Political Science Department from those numbered POL SCI 102-POL SCI 189, POL SCI 191, and POL SCI C196A (the UCDC program). Upper division courses fulfilling the distribution and subfield specialization count toward these eight required upper division courses. Graduate level political science courses may also count toward the upper division course requirements.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages. 

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Berkeley Campus Requirement

American Cultures

All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete parts A & B reading and composition courses by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department
Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding UCEAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Plan of Study

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Political Science major requirements before making a program plan. For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), see the College Requirements and Major Requirements tabs.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
POL SCI 1, 2, or 5 (Social and Behavioral Studies Breadth)4POL SCI 2, 1, or 44
Reading & Composition A4Reading & Composition B4
International Studies Breadth3Biological Science Breadth4
Lower Division Elective4Lower Division Elective3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
POL SCI 34Philosophy & Values Breadth4
History for Major (Historical Studies Breadth)4American Cultures Requirement4
Arts & Literature or Physical Science Breadth4Lower or Upper Division Elective4
Physical Science or Arts & Literature Breadth3Lower or Upper Division Elective3
 15 15
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
Upper Division Political Science: 1 of 2 Specialization Requirements4Upper Division Political Science: 2 of 2 Specialization Requirements4
Upper Division Political Science: 1 of 2 Distribution Requirements4Upper Division Political Science: 1 of 4 Electives4
Upper Division Non-Political Science Elective3Upper Division Non-Political Science Elective3
Lower or Upper Division Elective4Lower or Upper Division Elective4
 15 15
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
Upper Division Political Science: 2 of 2 Distribution Requirements4Upper Division Political Science: 3 of 4 Electives4
Upper Division Political Science: 2 of 4 Electives4Upper Division Political Science: 4 of 4 Electives4
Lower or Upper Division Elective4Lower or Upper Division Elective4
Lower or Upper Division Elective3Lower or Upper Division Elective3
 15 15
Total Units: 120
1

This is a sample program plan. This plan assumes that the student has completed the Entry Level Writing, American History and Institutions, Quantitative Reasoning, and Foreign Language requirements prior to admission.

2

Students are strongly advised to work with an academic adviser to determine a personal program plan. Your program plan will differ depending on previous credit received, your course schedule, and available offerings.

3

Students could also do the Honors program in their last year, but may need to adjust their 4-year plan accordingly to accommodate the extra workload of their senior thesis by taking electives or concentration classes in the summer OR by taking more units than indicated in the first six semesters.

Accelerated Program Plans

For students considering graduating in less than four years, it's important to acknowledge the reasons to undertake such a plan of study. While there are advantages to pursuing a three-year degree plan such as reducing financial burdens, they are not for everyone and do involve sacrifices; especially with respect to participating in co-curricular activities, depth of study,  and summer internships, which typically lead to jobs upon graduation. All things considered, please see the tables for three and three and a half year degree options.

3.5 Year Plan

3 Year Plan

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Exposure to the core subfields of political science:
    • American politics
    • Comparative politics
    • Political theory
    • International relations
  2. Opportunities to explore areas that crosscut traditional political science subfield boundaries:
    • Political behavior
    • Public law and jurisprudence
    • Public policy and organization
    • Empirical theory and quantitative methods
  3. Specialization in one subfield of political science: minimum of three courses taken in either one of the four core subfields (American politics, comparative politics, political theory, international relations) or one of the other departmental areas that generally crosscut traditional subfield boundaries (political behavior, public law and jurisprudence, public policy and organization, empirical theory and quantitative methods).

Skills

  1. Methodological skills
    • Ability to understand and deploy the methods that political scientists use to answer questions about the operation of politics: causal inference, qualitative analysis, statistical analysis, experimentation, game theory, and modeling.
    • Capacity to use critical thinking and evidence to understand and evaluate rival theories.
  2. Research and presentation skills
    • Writing skills: Ability to formulate a well-organized argument supported by evidence.
    • Oral presentation skills: Ability to present a compelling oral argument supported by evidence to a group or public audience.
    • Research skills: Ability to conduct political science research using materials such as primary, secondary, and online sources or databases in support of an original argument.

Courses

Political Science

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Vinod K. Aggarwal, Professor. Political science, negotiations, trade policy, international organizations, international debt rescheduling.
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Christopher Ansell, Professor. Political science, social movements, political sociology, network analysis, organization theory, public administration, political parties, Western Europe.
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Sarah F. Anzia, Associate Professor. American politics, public policy, interest groups, state politics, local politics, election timing, voter turnout, public pensions, public sector unions, collective bargaining.

Leonardo R. Arriola, Associate Professor. Democracy, elections, political parties, political violence, ethnic politics, electoral coalitions, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal.
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Mark Bevir, Professor. Public policy, political theory, democratic theory, governance, Britain.
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Henry Brady, Professor. Comparative politics, public policy, electoral politics, political participation, survey research, program evaluation, statistical methods in the social sciences, social welfare policy, Soviet Union, inequality in America.
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+ Wendy L. Brown, Professor. Feminist theory, critical theory, theories of neoliberalism, public higher education, nineteenth and twentieth century political theory.
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Jennifer L. Bussell, Assistant Professor. Africa, comparative politics, Latin America, public policy & organization, South Asia.

Kiren A. Chaudhry, Associate Professor. Political economy, Middle East/North Africa, identity politics, trauma theory, South Asia .

Pradeep K. Chhibber, Professor. Political parties, South Asia, electoral politics, politics of India.
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Jack Citrin, Professor. Immigration, multiculturalism, taxation, survey research, political trust, California politics psychology, public opinion, political identity, alienation.
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Ernesto Dal Bo, Associate Professor. Applied microeconomic theory, political economy, corruption and influence, collective decision-making, coercion.
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Rui J. De Figueiredo, Associate Professor. American politics, game theory, formal theory, political institutions, bureaucratic behavior, political behavior, interest groups, methodology.
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Lowell Dittmer, Professor. Comparative politics, Chinese politics, informal politics, East Asian international relations.
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Thad Dunning, Professor. Political economy, ethnic politics, and comparative clientelism in developing countries; research design, causal inference, statistical methods, multi-method research.

Barry Eichengreen, Professor. Europe, China, economic growth, international economics, international finance, international monetary economics, economic history.
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Sean Farhang, Associate Professor. Courts, American political development, regulation, litigation .

M. Steven Fish, Professor. Political science, post-Soviet politics, democratization regime change, general comparative politics, Russian revolution, communist and post-communist studies, democracy.
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Sean P. Gailmard, Professor. Bureaucratic organizations, American political institutions, rational choice game theory, statistical modeling, laboratory experimentation in social science.
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+ Ron E. Hassner, Associate Professor. International relations, international security, religion and conflict.
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Rodney E. Hero, Professor. American democracy and politics, latino politics, racial/ethnic politics, state & urban politics, federalism .

Kinch Hoekstra, Associate Professor. History of political, moral, and legal philosophy; ancient, renaissance, and early modern political thought.

Susan Hyde, Professor. International influences on domestic politics (with a focus on the developing world), International election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion.

Daniel Lee, Assistant Professor. Political theory, history of political thought, jurisprudence.

Taeku Lee, Professor. Political science, discrimination, language, social movements, political behavior, identity, racial and ethnic politics, public opinion, survey research methods, social welfare policies, partisanship, stereotypes.
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Gabriel Lenz, Associate Professor. American politics, elections, voter behavior, democratic accountability, campaigns.
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Amy E. Lerman, Associate Professor. American government, public opinion, criminal justice, prisons and policing.
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Jonah Levy, Professor. Political science, social policy, comparative political economy, West European politics, relationship between partisanship and welfare reform in contemporary Western Europe.
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Andrew Little, Assistant Professor. Formal models to study authoritarian politics, communication and information manipulation, and conflict.

Peter Lorentzen, Assistant Professor. Development, China, political economy, game theory, authoritarianism.
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Aila Matanock, Assistant Professor. Post-conflict elections, peace-building, international intervention, state-building, governance, armed actors, Latin America, survey experiments, mixed methods.
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Michaela Mattes, Assistant Professor. International Conflict and Cooperation, Conflict Management, Domestic Politics and International Relations.
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Joel Middleton, Assistant Professor. Methodology & formal theory, models & politics, causal inference, survey sampling, design-based estimation .

Kevin J. O'Brien, Professor. Social movements, Chinese politics, peasant politics.
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T.J. Pempel, Professor. Political science, comparative politics, political economy, East Asian studies, contemporary Japan, Asian regionalism.
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Paul Pierson, Professor. Public Policy, political economy, american politics, social theory.

Alison Post, Assistant Professor. Regulation, infrastructure, water and sanitation.
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Robert L. Powell, Professor. Political science, game theory, international relations, formal theory and methods, nuclear deterrence theory, credibility, international conflict.
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Gerard Roland, Professor. Institutions and development, culture and economics, political institutions and economic outcomes, European Parliament and European institutions, reforms in China/North Korea/Eastern Europe.
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Eric Schickler, Professor. American politics, Congress, political parties, public opinion.
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Jasjeet S. Sekhon, Professor. Program evaluation, statistical and computational methods, causal inference, elections, public opinion, American politics .

Helene Silverberg, Associate Adjunct Professor. Transitional justice, international criminal law, gender and international human rights, and the politics of institutional change.

Sarah Song, Professor. Gender, race, citizenship, multiculturalism, immigration law and politics.
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Laura Stoker, Associate Professor. American politics, political behavior, political psychology, public opinion, voting and elections, political socialization, research design and empirical methods.
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Robert Van Houweling, Associate Professor. Congress, political behavior, political parties, voting behavior, spatial models of candidate competition, experimental models.

Steven Vogel, Professor. Political science, political economy or comparative political economy, the Japanese model of capitalism, Japanese politics.
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Edward W. Walker, Associate Adjunct Professor. Comparative politics, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Caucasus, Soviet, post-Soviet.
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Steven Weber, Professor. Political science, international security, international political economy, information science.
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Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor. Ethnic politics, statistical methods, Eastern Europe, religion and politics, voting behavior.
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Lecturers

Terri Bimes, Lecturer SOE.

Amy Gurowitz, Lecturer.

Ted Lempert, Lecturer.

Nadesan Permaul, Lecturer.

Alan David Ross, Lecturer.

Dan Schnur, Lecturer.

Darren C. Zook, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

George W. Breslauer, Professor Emeritus. Political science, comparative politics, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, Russian politics, foreign relations, political leadership.
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Bruce Cain, Professor Emeritus.

David Collier, Professor Emeritus. Democracy & authoritarianism, Latin America, concept analysis, qualitative methods, multi-method research, comparative politics.

Ruth B. Collier, Professor Emeritus. Latin America, comparative politics, political regimes, democratization, labor politics.

Beverly Kay Crawford, Professor Emeritus.

Jyotirindra Das Gupta, Professor Emeritus. Political science.
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Giuseppe Di Palma, Professor Emeritus.

A. James Gregor, Professor Emeritus. Political science, methodology, political theory, comparative ideology, US security interests, comparative fascism, Marxism and Fascism in the 20th century.
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Andrew C. Janos, Professor Emeritus. Eastern Europe, world systems theory, ethnic conflict.

Ken Jowitt, Professor Emeritus. Political science, comparative politics, social theory.
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Todd R. Laporte, Professor Emeritus. Technology policy, organization theory, public administration.

Hong Yung Lee, Professor Emeritus. Political science, East Asian studies.
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David K. Leonard, Professor Emeritus.

+ Hanna Pitkin, Professor Emeritus. Political theory.

Robert Price, Professor Emeritus. Political science, South African politics, comparative politics, US Foreign policy, ethnicity.
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J. Merrill Shanks, Professor Emeritus. Election behavior, public opinion, research methodology, survey techniques.
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Peter W. Sperlich, Professor Emeritus.

Shannon C. Stimson, Professor Emeritus. Politics in Shakespeare, history of early modern political thought, history of political and economic thought, constitutionalism and modern jurisprudence.
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Margaret M. Weir, Professor Emeritus. Political science, political sociology, sociology, American political development, urban politics and policy, comparative studies of the welfare state, metropolitan inequalities, city-suburban politics in the United States.
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J. Nicholas Ziegler, Professor Emeritus. Political science, technology, corporate governance, comparative political economy, European politics, political ideologies, politics of economic reform in Germany, politics of property rights in Germany.
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John Zysman, Professor Emeritus. Political science, comparative politics, finance, political economy, manufacturing, European and Japanese policy, corporate strategy, Western European politics, post-industrial economy, governments, the politics of industrial change.
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Contact Information

Department of Political Science

210 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-6323

Fax: 510-642-9515

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Department Chair

Christopher Ansell, PhD

766 Barrows Hall

canseell@berkeley.edu

Department Vice-Chair and Director of Undergraduate Affairs

Jonah Levy, PhD

762 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-4686

jlevy@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Efrat Amanda Cidon

Phone: 510-643-2258

cidon@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Suzanne McDermott

Phone: 510-643-1908

smcd@berkeley.edu

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