Welcome to Political Science at CU


Chair of the department summits Mt. Sherman with family to look for answers.

Ketchum Hall, exterior view of Teaching Assistant Offices and Spa.

Ketchum Hall, Home of Political Science

Ketchum Hall, Home of Political Science

Giant tapeworm invades Ketchum Hall in search of knowledge.

Welcome to this year's incoming graduate students!


Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. We are proud to be among the best political science departments in the country. Our faculty are active researchers whose publications have appeared in the most prestigious outlets in the profession. The faculty is also highly devoted to graduate training and undergraduate education and can boast of numerous teaching awards. We offer research and teaching in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Methods, Policy, and Political Theory. We pride ourselves in the diversity and rigor with which our faculty and students ask questions that challenge all of us to think more clearly about politics, government, and citizenship. Our graduates are found at the highest levels of government, in politics and law, and across the business world.

You can use this website to explore in more detail the interests and activities of the faculty and students in the department. Prospective undergraduate and graduate students will find useful information about application and enrollment, and current students can find catalogs and lists of courses offered.

Our Mission: To understand the political world and to equip our students and community with the skills for a lifetime of inquiry and engagement.


Important Announcements:

Fall 2014 Classes
Fall classes began Monday, August 25.  You can check out other important dates on the Academic Calendar.