Welcome to Political Science at CU


Ketchum Hall, Home of Political Science

Ketchum Hall, Home of Political Science

Congratulations to Andy Baker for his forthcoming paper in the APSR.

Ketchum Hall, exterior view of Teaching Assistant Offices.

Congratulations to Megan Shannon for her forthcoming paper in the APSR.

Departmental Retreat at Chautauqua

Professor Moonhawk Kim at Departmental Retreat (Chautauqua)

PSCI Honors Society participates in CU Student Involvement Fair

Fall at CU Boulder

Fall at CU Boulder


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.


The Department of Political Science Spring 2015 Recognition Program is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center.  A reception following the program will be held on the UMC Outdoor South Terrace.  Students should arrive in full regalia by 6:45 pm, 15 minutes prior to the processional/start of the program.  The processional into the ballroom at 7:00 will be led by the faculty.

Parking: Euclid Avenue Parking Lot is the nearest lot to the UMC. EAP parking costs $4.00 after 5:00 pm. Parking in most campus lots is free on May 8-9 only.


Important Announcements:

The Ketchum Building is under renovation in 2015 and the Political Science Department offices have temporarily relocated  to several buildings. The main office is in Fleming Building room 208-209. Faculty offices locations can be found on individual faculty pages under the Faculty/Staff tab.