Political Science

Political Science



The Department of Political Science wishes you a restful and rejuvenating summer! 

In Fall 2021 we look forward to a mix of online and in-person classes, and in Spring 2022 we anticipate returning to fully in-person instruction. 

Regardless of instruction mode, faculty members in the Department of Political Science at CSULB are committed to the highest standards of pedagogy, providing engaging, stimulating, rigorous, and meaningful educational experiences. We recognize potential challenges students may face in accessing and participating in online materials and activities, and we will work to be flexible and understanding.  

In Fall 2021, the precise mix of synchronous and asynchronous course activities vary by class, as determined by the professional judgement of the instructor. In all cases, students must be available for possible required synchronous activities during scheduled course days/times.  

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 required to succeed!  

If you’d like to speak with one of us via phone, please send an e-mail with your phone number and the best time to reach you, noting the subject matter of your inquiry.

Administrative Support Coordinator: Amelia Marquez (Amelia.Marquez@csulb.edu)

Administrative Support Assistant: Katie Masterson (Katie.Masterson@csulb.edu)

Department Chair: Amy Cabrera Rasmussen (Amy.Rasmussen@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.