Political Science - Public Service Major

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The Political Science - Public Service major is for students who wish to concentrate on the means by which policy is formulated, implemented, evaluated and interpreted.


In contrast to the Political Science major, the Political Science - Public Service major has an internship requirement and focuses specifically on the American political system. Students may choose from among internship opportunities with political, governmental and nonprofit organizations encompassing a wide range of activities and interests.

  • Major Requirements
  • Download the major requirements checklist.
  • Career Paths
  • The Political Science - Public Service major offers excellent preparation for careers in municipal, state and federal elected office and support staff, advocacy, the legal profession, journalism, market research, public relations, urban policy planning, academics, political consulting, diplomacy, policy analysis and other fields.
  • Exceptional Internships
  • Political Science - Public Service students are required to complete an internship and research experience as a part of the major requirements. At UC Davis, there are incomparable internship opportunities for PPS majors that can place you in the middle of legislative and policymaking action at the local, state, or federal levels.

    The UC Sacramento Center, only one block from the California State Capitol, immerses participating students in the processes of formulating public policy and legislation in California. The UC Davis Washington Program similarly offers students the opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research and unparalleled internship experiences during a quarter's residence in Washington, D.C.

    Through either program, students can take advantage of internship opportunities in a wide variety of focus areas, including health care, civil rights, elementary and secondary education, higher education, public safety, environmental regulations, agriculture, water resources, criminal law, poverty, immigration, privacy, animal rights, small business, taxation, international trade, Second Amendment rights, political reform, energy, child abuse, women's rights, legislative reform, local government, veterans affairs, fiscal reform and other specialized areas. Both programs offer invaluable opportunities for completing the internship and research components of the major.

    Students can also earn academic credit for an internship in the political science or public service sectors outside of these programs. 

    For more information about internships in Political Science, click here to go to our Internships page.