Program: Political Science

Overview

Political Science

The political science major provides systematic knowledge of the nature and scope of political science with a diverse academic regimen of academic research and practical application. In a nutshell, it is the study of politics and government with concentrations that include: American government, public policy, foreign affairs, political philosophy, and comparative government. In addition, a political science major is preparation for general education, good citizenship, and participation in political life. 

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Political Science 

The Associate of Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree at Long Beach City College will provide students with the necessary lower division preparation at the community college level for transferring to a baccalaureate degree program in Political Science in the CSU system. The major provides systematic knowledge of the nature and scope of political science with a diverse academic regimen of academic research and practical application. In a nutshell, it is the study of politics and government with concentrations that include: American government, public policy, foreign affairs, political philosophy, and comparative government. In addition, political science majors will graduate from the program prepared for general education, good citizenship, and participation in political life. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 
  • Students will demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the nature and scope of political science, particularly in terms of American government and politics. 
  • Students will develop the necessary skills to civically participate in ways that support a representative democracy.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Political Science – General 

This certificate will provide recipients an advantage, above those without any college, in applying for any type of government job, especially positions that do not require a college degree. In addition, many government entities, if not most, require applicants for employment to have completed Political Science I – Introduction to American Government as a requirement of employment. This certificate will make applicants more attractive to government employers, especially for low-skill or no-skill positions. 

Certificate of Accomplishment, Political Science – Global 

This certificate will provide recipients an advantage, above those without any college, in applying for any type of government job. 

In addition, many government entities, if not most, require applicants for employment to have completed Political Science I – Introduction to American Government as a requirement of employment. This certificate will make applicants more attractive to government employees, specifically for jobs concerning the global economy that do not require a degree.