Welcome to the CSULB Department of Political Science!

During the 2021-22 academic year, we embraced being back on campus with a combination of enthusiasm and responsibility.  In the coming 2022-23 academic year, we will continue to do all we can to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our department and campus community as safe and healthy as possible by following all of the required and suggested campus guidelines and policies. (For up-to-date information, please see the campus COVID-19 page.)

Faculty in the department are committed to the highest standards of pedagogy, providing engaging, stimulating, rigorous, and meaningful educational experiences. We recognize potential challenges students may face, and work to be flexible and understanding.  All course expectations and requirements will be clearly conveyed by the instructor, who will maintain close and regular contact with their students. We will do our best to ensure that you have all the necessary tools to succeed! 

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The main department office (SPA-257) will be open several days each week (currently, Tuesday-Thursday).  If we are not in when you stop by, please reach out via email and we will be glad to follow up with you in whatever form is needed.  General contact information is on the right sidebar, and specific email addresses are below.


Department Chair: Dr. Amy Cabrera Rasmussen (Amy.Rasmussen@csulb.edu)

Department Coordinator: Ty Yim (Socheatey.Yim@csulb.edu)

Department Administrative Assistant: Julia Castro (Julia.Castro@csulb.edu)





Political science is a recognized academic discipline that combines the best aspects of the liberal arts tradition. It trains students to think critically while arming them with important information about the 21st century; thus, it prepares them for the workforce and for the demands of democratic citizenship today. It draws on contemporary issues such as geopolitics, immigration, changing demographics, cyberspace politics, and terrorism, and provides students with strong analytic skills in order to analyze these. Moreover, with its combined focus on critical thinking and empirical knowledge, political science empowers students to question the values of our society and to orient our democratic ideals to the changing realities of the current century. Its broad, liberal arts framework inspires active citizenship and offers training that will serve students’ needs throughout their entire lives.