We are proud to offer a number of opportunities for students to engage more deeply with the department, faculty, and peers! The PSCI Department understands that our students' educations do not end when they leave the classroom, and we seek to connect students with programs and organizations that will enrich their education and create opportunities to network and grow as they continue their academic and professional journeys.
Berlin: Bridging Global Divides
Berlin: Bridging Global Divides is a study abroad program for both graduate and undergraduate students. Once a fiercely contested battleground, today's Berlin offers solutions for a more peaceful world. Progressive and environmental politicians and advocates have found their home in Berlin. In this program, students take four seminars that cover both current politics with a focus on underrepresented minorities and the environment as well as Germany’s history, looking at German colonialism as well as Nazi and communist dictatorships.
Korea Goes Global
The Korea Goes Global study abroad program explores one of the world's largest and most technically advanced cities, while also taking students into remote traditional Korean communities, including mountain hikes to shaman sites and overnight stays at traditional Confucian villas. By exploring the palaces, temples, and coastal communities of traditional Korea, students will encounter the challenges involved in transitioning from traditional life to becoming a global economic powerhouse. We will explore the legacy of the Korean War and the process by which a devastated country rose to experience the most rapid urbanization project in world history.
New Directions in Politics and Public Policy
The New Directions Program offers an MA in applied Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver. We prepare students to work in several areas such as public agencies, labor movement groups, public policy institutes and community-based organizations. Since our students come from a variety of backgrounds/careers/experiences, our courses are delivered through a weekend program format that provides flexibility for working professionals and other non-traditional students. Our instructors are practitioners in their respective fields, skilled in providing our students with opportunities to learn practical content, develop relevent tools, and apply effective strategies within their professional environment.
Get a jumpstart on college! Take college courses at reduced tuition rates and graduate high school with college credits on an official University of Colorado transcript!
The CU Succeed Program collaborates with high schools all over Colorado to give students the opportunity to gain exposure to actual college courses. Students enroll in University of Colorado, Denver courses, that are located at their high school and taught by qualified lecturers at a reduced tuition rate. All courses are taken for credit with a letter grade and appear on a CU Denver transcript. You're up to the challenge, so apply for CU Succeed and immerse yourself in the college experience for a fraction of the cost!
The PSCI Department offers PSCI 1101: American Political Systems at a number of highschools in Colorado, allowing students to earn college credit and get a jumpstart on their undergraduate education!
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ or PSA) is the National Political Science Honor Society. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science.
The CU Denver chapter of PSA supports academic events and student life by sponsoring department mixers, arranging public forums, and bringing students and faculty together in both academic and recreational settings.
Benefits of joining PSA include a rich student community, honors regalia, a notable addition to your résumé, scholarships, awards, and more!
PeaceXchange is a student organization committed to the education of youth in peaceful dialogue, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Providing online and in-person resources, PeaceXchange assists in the education of the next generation of peacebuilders. "We hope to increase the number of youth participating in their communities and communities across the world, leading dialogue sessions and working towards a common goal of a more peaceful world."
PRAXIS: Politics in Action
The PSCI Student Journal: Praxis, Politics in Action, is accepting submissions for publication. Submit your student paper/manuscript for reviewal for the Spring 2024 edition.
The journal serves as a venue for undergraduate and graduate students in the CU Denver Political Science Department to publish their scholarly and creative work. We are committed to advancing the public good through accessible scholarship.
Guidelines for Submissions
To be considered for publication in the Spring 2024 edition of PRAXIS, please submit your manuscript by January 16, 2024.
Your work must be:
10-25 pages long
1 inch margins
Please use American Political Science Association (APSA) citation style, following the guidelines of the APSA style manual.
The Fourth World Center
The Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics at the University of Colorado Denver was founded as a resource commons of authoritative information on indigenous peoples’ affairs. Housed within the Department of Political Science, the Fourth World Center provides resources and services that focus on the legal and political issues faced by indigenous populations. The Center also features a library, periodicals, audio and visual equipment, and news file archives on current development issues surrounding “the Fourth World."
BIPOC Student Resource Committee
The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Students Resource Committee is a faculty committee in the Department of Political Science dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive environment for students of color in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. As part of this effort, the committee holds two regular meetings every semester for students of color to discuss concerns, experiences, or issues pertaining to racial intimidation, discrimination, or harassment. Students may also contact members of the committee at any time throughout the semester to ensure racist incidents will be brought to the attention of the department and other campus units, such as the Office of Equity, CARE Team, Ombuds Office, or the Phoenix Center at Auraria. The primary purpose of the committee is to listen to and collaborate with BIPOC students to institutionalize antiracist resources and strategies at the University of Colorado Denver.
The Romero Theater Troupe
The Romero Theater Troupe provides a space to examine social justice and history on stage and in community workshops to bring awareness to social justice issues. The Troupe is currently based in Denver, Colorado.