Panetta Fellowship Winner Kathy Tran
Poli Sci senior Kathy Tran, pictured here with Leon Panetta, takes part in the Panetta
Institute's Congressional Internship Program, working in the office of Representative
Jared Huffman (CA 2nd District) in Washington D.C.
Publications by SJSU Political Science Faculty
Faculty in the department publish books and articles in International Relations, Comparative
Politics, American Politics, State and Local Politics, Public Administration, Policy
Making, Law and Politics, and Political Theory.
Kenneth Peter: 2016 University Outstanding Professor Award
Professor Peter was honored at the 17th Annual Faculty Service Recognition and Awards
Luncheon on March 15, 2016.
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 Swedish MP Göran Montan.
Swedish MP Göran Montan visited the department in November '14. Mr. Montan's foundation
now provides scholarships enabling 2 students from political science to visit Sweden
Each Spring, students participate in the Model United Nations simulation in San Francisco.This
year, SJSU's four delegations were all honored with prizes for achievement.
Don Edwards Lecture 2015
Political Science Professor Garrick Percival interviewed Rep. George Miller on November
19, 2015 in front of a packed Student Union Theater.
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, 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 advance knowledge in the discipline
of political science and to disseminate that knowledge to our colleagues, students,