Political science as a discipline encompasses a broad range of subfields that attempt to describe and explain the political process, politics, and relationships among governments. The general areas of study in political science include American government and politics, political theory, public administration, public law, comparative politics, and international relations.
Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy. They conduct research on a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and other countries, the institutions and political life of nations, the politics of rural vs. urban areas, and the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Political science offers a wide range of career opportunities which may include: government agencies (archives, libraries, museums, parks) politics, law firms, nonprofit organizations, journalism and education.
The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.
Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
- The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
- An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
- Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
- An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.
Preparation For Success
A major in Political Science is strengthened by studies in statistics and history. The ability to utilize computers for research purposes is mandatory in most disciplines.