Political science is the study of human behavior as it relates to political situations. It involves the examination of institutions, processes, people, ideas and policies. The study of political science develops critical thinking, cultural literacy, and other skills important for an active and informed citizenry. The primary objectives of the Political Science program are to meet the American Institutions and general education requirements for associate and baccalaureate degrees. The political science program prepares students for a bachelor’s degree in political science, which can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Political Science program will be able to:
- Comprehend information from a variety of sources.
- Integrate logical thinking, including informed fact and assessment, based upon theories and practices in the field, tying together classical and contemporary ideas of political theory and practice, including international relations, local and national government, interest groups and other modalities of the political landscape.
- Organize the comprehension of the fields of Political Science as expressed through written and oral sources.
- Apply appropriate learning and analysis theories within the field, explain these through writing and oral methodologies.
- Develop skills in problem solving, communication, critical thinking within the interrelationship of Political Science to other fields of the social sciences.
Careers in this field
- Undergraduate degree in political science is good for preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as political science, public administration, foreign policy, law, business, etc.
- Prepare for high competition for federal positions with a strong academic background and good experience
- Develop strong leadership skills by: running for office in clubs and organizations, school, or community; volunteer to organize or lead an event or project
Careers Relating to Political Science
- Local and State Government
- Federal Government
Transfer Options in Political Science
Common university majors related to the field of Political Science include:
- Criminal Justice
- Women’s and Gender Studies
- Economics and Finance
- Ethnic Studies
- International Business
- Latin American Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.