Political Science


Whether you are a new student or continuing your studies with us, welcome to the Spring 2022 semester on behalf of the entire Department of Political Science.

All classes in POSC will be online/virtual for the first couple of weeks to be in line with the university policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Currently, the university is planning for a return to in-person instruction on February 7. 

As we start Spring 2022 in “alternative mode of instruction” by university policy, 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.    

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.    

Please look for communication from your individual faculty.  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!    

Currently, office staff are working Monday through Friday—but remotely in light of the dynamic public health context.  We anticipate that when teaching restarts in-person, we will be back in the office (SPA-257) several days each week.  At the moment, email is probably the best form of communication; and we will be glad to follow up in another form if needed.  General contact information is on the right sidebar.  If you would like to speak with one of us by phone, please send an e-mail with your phone number and the best time to reach you, noting the subject of your inquiry.


Administrative Support Coordinator: Ty Yim (Socheatey.Yim@csulb.edu)

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

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


For up-to-date information on the ongoing public health context, please see the COVID-19 page on the campus website.



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.