Professor Kenneth Peter, Political Science
Recipient of the 2012 College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.
Alumnus Congressman Michael M. Honda
Did you know that SJSU alumni have served diligently and currently serve as eleted
leaders throughout our city, state, and region, including Congressman Michael M. Honda.
Gary Daniels (Political Science '15)
Gary Daniels is the new Associated Students CEO/President.
Institute of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
Since 1970, more than 1,600 students have enrolled in internships with elected officials,
campaigns, and diverse community organization.
Political Science Department Hosts Scholarship Reception.
A total of 10 scholarships were awarded at the event, totaling more than $21,000.
Steve Glickman Memorial Scholarship recipient Sol Jobrack receiving award from Professor
During Spring 2012, students were involved in Model United Nations simulation.
Local Government & Politics Students Participate in Community Service-Learning Project.
In October 2013, students in Professor Garrick Percival's local politics class joined
community members of Friends of Five Wounds Trail and students from West Valley College
for the Fall clean-up of the old railroad line that the community hopes will become
a park-like trail.
Department Mission Statement
Faculty, students and staff of the Department of Political Science engage in teaching
and learning - critically and systematically - about politics, public affairs, public
institutions, and their problems. Our mission thus embraces elements of the liberal
arts and of citizenship and social science education.
A major strength of SJSU's student body is its diversity. Our students vary in their
economic status, ethnic background, age, experience, and educational objectives. The
department's courses and programs respond to this diversity, offering our students
knowledge and skills essential to citizenship as well as pre-professional education
in preparation for a variety of careers or for graduate school.
As a part of a public institution of higher education, we recognize our obligation
to the community as advisers, consultants and participants. We encourage students
to become involved in public service as volunteers and interns.
Scholarship informs both our teaching and public service and is an essential element
of our mission. Through our research we endeavor to advanced knowledge in the discipline
of political science and to disseminate that knowledge to our colleagues, students,