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For over half a century, the Department of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara has been home to top scholars engaged in cutting edge research. The Department prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

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News and Announcements

Seven political science majors participated in this year’s honors program and presented their yearlong research projects at the annual Honors Colloquium on June 16. Students who participate in the honors program, spend their senior year engaging in independent research, culminating in a written honors thesis and participation in the honors colloquium.

The Department of Political Science had the honor of recognizing several undergraduate and graduate students who received campus and department awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who were recognized at the awards presentation on June 15, 2017 are listed in this PDF.

The Department of Political Science, in partnership with the newly formed Isla Vista Community Service District (CSD) and the Chancellor’s Office, has initiated a new internship program for UCSB students to get involved with governance in Isla Vista.

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