Political Science

Political Science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. Political Science addresses some of the core problems facing human society. Questions concerning world peace, government policies aimed at achieving economic stability and growth, control over political competition, and the gap between the wealthy and the poor are just a few topics on the research agenda of contemporary political scientists. This discipline focuses on addressing these and other issues systematically while still raising broad theoretical questions which can help students relate today’s political debates to those debates about politics which have kept the theoretical tradition alive for over 2,000 years. The Political Science curriculum prepares students for transfer to a university to complete a Baccalaureate degree in a related discipline. Further, Political Science curriculum serves as an excellent supplement to any number of other majors because it enhances communication and critical thinking skills. Please check with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Transfer successfully to a four-year institution with a political science program
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in writing
  • Identify major aspects of governmental systems of the United States, for individual states (especially California), and compare governmental systems on a global basis
  • Use the analytical skills necessary to think critically about political, social, and economic behavior
  • Understand their role as an engaged citizen in a democratic political citizen

Career Options

The following is a sample of the many career options available for the political science major. Most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, high school or college teacher, foreign service officer, lawyer, public administrator, writer, Congressman, journalist, public administrator, military service, and lobbyist.

Contact

Faculty: Katie Gale
Email: Office of Instruction
Phone: (530) 938-5201