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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.

Award Type Units

*plus credits to satisfy District requirements and elective credits, as needed, to meet the 60 unit minimum.

Program Emphasis

The primary focus is on offering relevant courses that lead to well-developed critical thinking skills, contribute to the development of active, informed citizenry, and that fulfill General Education requirements (AA and transfer level), or lower division preparation for Political Science major requirements at four year institutions.

Career Options

Most careers in political science require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree. This is not a comprehensive list but some of the most common career options with political science preparation include: public administrator, budget analyst, city planner, diplomatic corps member, elected official, legislative aide, journalist, lawyer, lobbyist, political scientist, public opinion surveyor, teacher and writer.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes