Political Science

Political SciencePolitical Science

 

Division of Social Sciences and Human Services

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 small towns or a major metropolis, or the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Studying topics such as public opinion, political decision-making, ideology, and public policy, they analyze the structure and operation of governments as well as various political entities. Depending on the topic, a political scientist might conduct a public opinion survey, analyze election results, analyze public documents, or interview public officials.

Political scientists often become active politicians—seeking elected or appointed office at the federal, state or local level. Others become specialists in helping politicians get elected. A number become researchers who work to help both office-holders and voters to make better decisions and to manage public policy and public affairs better.

  • For detailed career information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco.

Educational Opportunities in Political Science

Associate of Arts
The associate of arts is for students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in political science by completing the first two or more years at LCCC. Students completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice. The associate of arts is intended for students who wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in a program field such as political science. The associate of arts program may be completed in two years, if taken on a full-time basis. Many LCCC students choose to study on a part-time basis.

Related Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Services Administration
The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is designed to take full advantage of its location in a major urban setting to fulfill its commitment to urban education, research, and community service. The Department of Urban Studies utilizes the resources of the Levin College and other related departments throughout the University for its Interdisciplinary Academic Program. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree observe and work within programs that deal directly with urban problems and their solutions. The course of study offers students a range of choices both in the classroom and in internships in urban agencies.

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies
The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is designed to take full advantage of its location in a major urban setting to fulfill its commitment to urban education, research, and community service. The Department of Urban Studies utilizes the resources of the Levin College and other related departments throughout the University for its interdisciplinary academic program. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree observe and work within programs that deal directly with urban problems and their solutions.

The course of study offers students a range of choices both in the classroom and in internships in urban agencies.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management
The bachelor of arts in public safety management degree is designed to:

  • Equip public safety officials with additional management and communication skills to address the needs of their urban constituents;
  • Allow for in-depth study of community safety needs and problems, as well as providing; analytical tools for addressing injustice for those living and working in urban settings;
  • Provide access to faculty members with governmental and public management expertise;
  • Prepare students for future career challenges in public safety services.

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