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Division of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Sciences
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Political science is for those interested in learning about and working in the complex world of politics. Political science is a liberal arts discipline which students may select as their primary focus or pursue in conjunction with other fields of study, such as humanities or sociology. Students learn to navigate the national and global political arena and understand the role politics play in society and the past, present, and future of humankind.
Political science classes provide a solid foundation for students planning to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. It is also beneficial to those seeking personal or professional enrichment. Students will gain a broad breadth of knowledge and critical thinking skills which can be applied to multiple fields of study and employment.
Graduates with a political science education may enter the fields of politics, public relations, international affairs, law, public administration, or teaching. Many political science students participate in debate or mock trial during their time at SCC.
SCC offers political science classes covering national and international affairs. These include Intro to Political Science, Comparative Government, Introduction to Global Issues, American Government, International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islam and the West: Theater of Cooperation and Conflict. As with all departments, classes may change depending on interest and availability.
Out of state students, please refer to the tuition of "non-resident with waiver" section of web catalog.
Ability to attend classes and complete requirements as outlined in the instructor’s syllabus. In some courses, participation in debates or mock trials may be required.
Review the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree requirements worksheet here.
Political science skills and knowledge can be applied to a broad range of professional fields in the States and abroad.
Some professions political science students may pursue include:
Government and advocacy
Search our site to learn more about courses and transfer degree options.
POLS& 101 — Intro to Political Science — 5.0
Development of Western political theory and ideology, comparative analysis of contemporary ideologies, examination of political processes with emphasis on the individual's role.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS 102 — Comparative Government — 5.0
This is an introductory, interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the systematic study of comparative political systems. In an increasingly interdependent world, this course provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools to study political behavior, institutions and processes of various countries across the globe.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS 125 — Introduction to Global Issues — 5.0
This is an introductory, multidisciplinary course designed to introduce the student to pertinent global issues. A goal of this course is to foster and promote understanding, attitudes and skills that enables citizenry in local communities to function humanely in an age of global interdependence.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS& 202 — American Government — 5.0
The basic course develops an understanding of American politics and political institutions, the philosophies and concepts of American constitutionalism, and the structure and operation of the American form of government. Emphasis is placed on the theories and practice of democracy, pluralism and elitism.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS& 203 — International Relations — 5.0
A broad survey of the relations of nations: Political, military, economic and cultural, and of the forces for order in the international world.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS 204 — Political Philosophy — 5.0
This is an introduction to the basic theories behind political philosophy. Areas of emphasis includes government, state of nature, authority and legitimacy.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
POLS 205 — Islam and the West: Theater of Cooperation and Conflict — 5.0
This introductory, multidisciplinary course introduces students to the systematic study of Islam and the West in world politics. Conceptional and analytical tools to study Global Islam are provided.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes