Best Political Science Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Political Science degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 142 Political Science schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Political Science Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley

When people think of Cal, liberal student activism often comes to mind. Berkeley gained national attention in 1964 for The Free Speech Movement, a student protest in response to the administration’s ban on political activity. Since then, Cal students have been vocal about various other causes, ranging from women’s rights to ending apartheid in South Africa.

So as you might imagine, political science students here tend to be passionate. And the department gives them plenty to be excited about – over 100 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level throughout the academic year. Yes, you’ll find traditional intro courses that provide necessary fundamentals. But you also might choose a class such as “When Government Partners with Business – Baseball, Football, Basketball and Museums” or “Latinos and the U.S. Political System.” The knowledge gained will certainly help you carry on the proud Cal tradition of producing inquisitive, active citizens like alums U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Based on 140 Reviews
2 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 5 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 665 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 640 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, 10 Master's degrees.

Based on 88 Reviews
3 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 186 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 156 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Master's degrees, and 15 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
4 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 347 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 332 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Doctoral degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
5 University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

University of California-Santa Barbara offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 288 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 276 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
6 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 255 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 244 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Master's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
7 Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford University offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 61 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 44 Bachelor's degrees, 10 Doctoral degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

Based on 64 Reviews
8 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 145 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 145 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
9 University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA

University of California-Riverside offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 174 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 164 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 118 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 118 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews

List of all Political Science Colleges in California

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
University of California-Riverside University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
24 : 1 21,385
Santa Clara University Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,680
University of California-Santa Cruz University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
3/5
27 : 1 17,868
Occidental College Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
5/5
11 : 1 2,023
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
Pepperdine University Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
5/5
16 : 1 7,632
Claremont McKenna College Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,349
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
13 : 1 9,392
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
Pomona College Pomona College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,663
University of San Diego University of San Diego San Diego, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,251
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
3/5
23 : 1 20,944
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5/5
15 : 1 10,797
California State University-Northridge California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
2/5
32 : 1 41,548

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Additional Political Science Degree Facts for California Schools

California Schools offering online Political Science degrees

Online Political Science degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 65 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Political Science degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Ashford University 0 0 65 0 0
California Baptist University 0 0 23 0 0
National University 0 0 11 0 0
San Joaquin Delta College 0 2 0 0 0
How many California schools offer online Political Science degrees?
  • 1 Associate's
  • 3 Bachelor's

What Political Science degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 72 Colleges 735 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 69 Colleges 5,062 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 7 Colleges 33 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 11 Colleges 102 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 21 Colleges 124 Graduates
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