May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Political Science, Public Administration, and Leadership Studies

This department has two academic programs. The main contact persons are listed below for each academic program.

Political Science
David Colnic, Ph.D., Department Chair
Public Administration
Umar Ghuman, Ph.D. and Gerard Wellman, Ph.D.
Program Co-Directors

Professors: AbuKhalil, Colnic, Routh
Associate Professors: Wellman, Ghuman
Assistant Professor: Hudspeth, Hughes

Office: Bizzini Hall 132
Phone: (209) 667-3388


The Department of Political Science and Public Administration also sponsors an undergraduate minor in Political Science. The department provides support for numerous programs on campus, including Social Sciences, Liberal Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Gender Studies, and Environmental and Resource Studies.

The Public Service Internship program enables undergraduate and graduate students to gain practical experience in a professional setting. Students are assigned to administrative, legislative, legal, political, and not-for-profit agencies. Interns normally work 16-20 hours a week and receive academic credit through a special seminar or individual study.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Law

Students interested in the legal profession are encouraged to contact the prelaw adviser in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. The department suggests that prelaw students pursue an undergraduate program which provides (1) a knowledge of the foundations of human institutions and values (2) a high degree of competency in analytical skills and (3) effectiveness in comprehension and use of the English language.

Most law schools admit applicants with the highest overall grade point average and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. The importance of high grades in academic subject areas and a respectable score on the LSAT cannot be overstressed. Prelaw students should take the LSAT in the fall semester of the year preceding their anticipated admission to law school. Applications for the LSAT are available online at

Careers in Government, Public Agencies, and Private Organizations

The Political Science major focuses on the political/administrative process and the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline. Courses cover a wide range of subjects and should appeal to students interested in politics at all levels.

Careers in Foreign Affairs

The department offers courses for students interested in the Foreign Service, international organizations, international business, and not-for-profit agencies.

International Opportunities for Political Science Majors

CSU International Program (IP)

The CSU International Program is the system-wide overseas study program of the California State University. The goal of IP is to provide international academic opportunities in the framework of a CSU degree program. Students enroll concurrently in a host university and Stanislaus State. All campus financial aid applies. The following opportunities are available for Political Science majors:

English is the medium of instruction at:

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Yonsei University, Korea
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, and University of Wales, United Kingdom

Students with fluency in French, German, or Spanish may study at:

  • University of Paris, France
  • University of Tubingen, Germany
  • University of Madrid, Spain


  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Upper division or graduate standing prior to departure
  • Completion of lower division requirements for Political Science major

Program Learning Outcomes

Political Science Program Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate program in Political Science has five key learning objectives applicable to both majors and students in its General Education and service courses:

  1. Students have a sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of the history of political thought and its key concepts;
  2. Students have a sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of modern political institutions and dynamics;
  3. Students are able to successfully analyze complex texts and arguments;
  4. Students are able to successfully analyze complex issues and problems; and,
  5. Students are able to successfully formulate and evaluate policy options.

Three additional learning objectives apply especially to students majoring in political science:

   6. Students have an appropriate working knowledge of the scope and methods of political science;
   7. Students have a sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of global and comparative political institutions and dynamics; and,
   8. Students are able to successfully design and conduct research in political science.

Three of the program’s learning objectives have particular application to students in General Education courses offered by the department:

   9. Students have a sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of US and California political institutions and dynamics;
  10. Students have a sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of multicultural political dynamics;
  11. Students possess the deliberative and communicative skills required in the exercise of citizenship; and,
  12. Students have an appropriate working knowledge of civics pedagogy.

Public Administration Learning and Program Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  1. Students have sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of the problem-context and environment of public administration;
  2. Students have sound and appropriately comprehensive knowledge of organizational decision-making processes; and,
  3. Students have appropriate personal competencies in problem analysis and decision-making.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. To provide education and skill acquisition for public service professionals with particular emphasis on the needs of government and not-for-profit organizations in Northern and Central California;
  2. To maintain and improve the capacity of local and regional governments to provide excellence in public service;
  3. To conduct research that will broaden the base of knowledge and skills in the field of public administration; and,
  4. To serve the regional community through faculty and student involvement in public affairs.