Bay Area Media Turn to SJSU on Election Night 2016
Political science professors Sergio Bejar-Lopez, Melinda Jackson, Larry Gerston and
Garrick Percival provided reaction and expert commentary on six television and radio
stations. Read more.
Students Discussion with Condoleezza Rice
Political Science students meet with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during
SJSU visit, March 2018.
Patricia Gardner: 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award
Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits Executive Director Patricia Gardner was selected
as the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Alumna for 2018.
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.
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,