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Political Science is the systematic study of politics, political institutions and governmental processes by the application of scientific methods of analysis and critical examination.

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Political science is concerned with the objectives and ends of politics and the way in which political society should be organized in order to realize those objectives and ends. Courses in political science enable students to study and understand how political and governmental institutions make and implement decisions and the effects those decisions have on individual, group, and societal behavior.

A political science major generally transfers to a four-year institution to complete a B.A. degree. Political science graduates with B.A. degrees are qualified for a variety of positions in government and non-governmental institutions; graduates are prepared to enter graduate studies in various disciplines, including political science, law, journalism and business. Teaching at the community college level is an option providing that an M.A. and/or a Ph.D. degree is obtained. Possession of the Ph.D. could lead to research and teaching at the university level.

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Political Science Department
Chair: Cheryl Barkey
Department Phone 831.479.6223
Location: 434B
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