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Political Science Summer Institute

Learn how you can make an impact on our nation’s future

Gain a deeper understanding of political behavior, movements, and decision-making at the highest levels

The Department of Political Science at UCLA is one of the nation’s top 10% undergraduate programs.  The major offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in International Relations, American Politics, Methods, Political Theory, Race Ethnicity & Race Politics, and Comparative Politics.

The Political Science Department is offering a 3 week program with introductory coursework in American Politics as well as career panel component, bringing special guests to speak on the field and various career paths one can take with a Political Science degree. Students will leave the program with a strong understanding of American Politics, five units of either letter grade or pass/no pass college credit to use towards their Bachelor/High School degrees, mentors in the grad and undergraduate levels, and an idea of how far-reaching political thought/influence is in our society.

For questions about the program, please contact gradinfo@polisci.ucla.edu.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

 

Program Fee TBD
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

The Political Science Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department’s undergraduate curriculum. Instructors for the Political Science Summer Institute are graduate students and alumni of the department’s prestigious PhD program.

Please visit UCLA Department of Political Science for more information about the Political Science undergraduate and graduate programs.

Meet your Director

Thomas Sherrer

Summer Institute Director

Thomas Sherrer completed his PhD in political science from UCLA in 2020 with an emphasis on American politics. He is currently a lecturer in the Political Science and Public Affairs departments at UCLA where he teaches undergraduate courses on American politics, public policy and statistics.”