Politics – UCSC Majors

Politics – UCSC Majors


hello my name is Jerry Diaz I am the
undergraduate adviser for the politics department at UCSC the politics major
enables students to study political life broadly conceived whether through the
institutions of government or other structures of power through coursework
in the major students take up issues central to public life such as democracy
power freedom political economy social movements public policy and political
reform this major links the study of domestic politics to international
politics and tackles current and recurrent issues in contemporary society
including problems of injustice and inequality in various forms the most
significant purpose of the politics majors to help educate reflective and
active citizens capable of sharing power and responsibility in a contemporary
democracy the curriculum supports this goal by developing student skills in
comprehending and engaging complex arguments and phenomena the program also
emphasizes students development of skills and articulating clear sound and
compelling our arguments of their own based on appropriate evidence in spoken
and written presentation completion of the politics major allows students to
achieve various learning objectives such as understanding the origins development
and nature of political institutions practices and ideas the ability to place
particular political phenomena and broader historical cross national cross
cultural and theoretical context demonstrating familiarity with various
theoretical approaches to the study of politics and their application in
different geographic substantive areas the ability to
critically evaluate arguments about political institutions practices and
ideas based on logic and evidence and developing and sustaining coherent
written and oral arguments regarding political phenomena theories and values based on appropriate empirical and/or textual evidence and logic the politics
department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics honors in the major
are awarded to graduating seniors based primarily on a review of grades whose
academic performance is judged to be consistently excellent highest honors
in the major are reserved for students with consistently outstanding academic
performance the politics major is an appropriate
background for students interested in pursuing careers in law journalism
teaching political and governmental work from the local to the International
nonprofit and advocacy organizations or businesses dealing with regulatory or
global issues prospective politics majors are encouraged to further explore
academic and professional interests by completing the online Focus 2 assessment
available through the UCSC Career Center the Focus 2 is a valuable starting point
that can help individuals select the right major and begin to develop a
career plan early on the Focus 2 is free of charge to UCSC students politics
students are encouraged to participate in program events such as speaker
brown bags to undertake politics related field work or internships and to
arrange independent research projects on topics of special interest alongside
faculty other opportunities available for politics majors are to study and
intern in the nation’s capital through the UCDC program in Washington DC to
study in another country via the educational abroad program EAP or to
study and intern in our state’s capitol in Sacramento through the UC Sacramento
program students with strong academic preparation who know they want to attend
law school may want to consider the UCSC UC Hastings 3 + 3 program this pathway
program enables politics majors to apply to UC Hastings law school during their
junior year and have accepted to earn a BA and JD in only six years many UCSC
politics graduates have gone on to do advanced work in distinguished graduate
and professional schools others have found active and challenging careers in
government the nonprofit sector or community organizing the study of
politics at UCSC is above all an exploration of the ways human communities
shape and share a common life through their institutional practices ideas
interest and expectations the UCSC major uses a term quote unquote politics
rather than political science or government because politics often
happens in places other than government in their time in the major politics
students examine and develop a deeper understanding of the ways that
collective decisions are made and the challenges citizens meet and seek to
overcome as it worked to forge a just society we hope you consider the
politics major as a viable academic option in your future endeavors

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