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.
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."
The 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.
Pi Sigma Alpha
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."
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.