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2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Political Science

Hayward Hills Campus MapThe Department Office is located on 4th Floor of the Student & Faculty Support building, Room 402
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dept Phone: (510) 885-3221


Professors Emeritus

Kim Geron, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

David Sadofsky Baggins, Ph.D. Syracuse University

Professor           *See Errata Non-curricular  page for corrections 

Maria C. Ortuoste, Ph.D. Arizona State University

Associate Professors

Elizabeth Bergman (Chair), Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Maria C. Ortuoste, Ph.D. Arizona State University

Associate Professors

Elizabeth Bergman (Chair), Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Jeremiah Garretson, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Assistant Professors

Amy Below, Ph.D. University of Southern California

Danvy Le, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine


Department Statement

The Department of Political Science offers a B.A. degree that gives both a strong background in social science and excellent professional preparation. The major offers three distinct paths to completion, the traditional major and options in pre-law and public affairs and administration. The two options offer interdisciplinary pre-professional curricula. The department is strong in every aspect of American government (national, state, and local institutions, public policy, public law, and public administration), as well as Comparative Politics in international relations.  Political Science majors learn to be strong writers, public speakers, and researchers. Opportunities are also offered to learn advanced social science methodology and practical political skills, as well as to participate in faculty research. Students receive assistance in finding - and credit for completing - local, state, and national internships.  Graduating seniors report very high levels of satisfaction with the major, and the number of Political Science majors continues to grow.

About the Department

Use our university website link to learn more about what the Political Science Department has to offer.

  • Advising
  • Faculty Profiles
  • Degree Roadmaps
  • Scholarships
  • Reference Links
  • Spotlights
  • Model United Nations
  • And more…


    Bachelor of Arts



      Political SciencePolitical Science: American Government and PoliticsPolitical Science: Comparative Government and PoliticsPolitical Science: International RelationsPolitical Science: Political TheoryPolitical Science: Public LawPolitical Science: Public Policy and Administration