Political Science Courses
Earn a Political Science Degree
Examine the structure of government and political systems, as well as the interaction of individuals and institutions within those systems. Political Science courses offer valuable insight into these events on the local, state, national, and international levels.
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American Government (POL 001)
An introduction to the structure and functions of the governments at the Federal and California levels.
International Relations (POL 004)
Look at the how and why of world politics, surveying history, theory, players, processes, and structures in International Relations.
Intro to Political Theory (POL 003)
Get familiar with the central debates in political theory, from the classical to the modern. Examine the key points of liberty, justice, authority, citizenship, & revolution.
Politics of Race, Class, & Gender (POL 006)
Survey the political history, goals, strategies, perspectives, barriers, and successes of women, the poor, and selected minorities.
International Films (POL 007)
Films for Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas are screened and analyzed to explore topics that include nationalism, sovereignty, war and peace, ethnic conflict, economics, and immigration.
Controversial Legal Issues (POL 020)
Topics such as drug decriminalization, offensive speech, affirmative action, discrimination against gender and sexual orientation, school prayer, the right to die, and pornography are explored.
Honors courses offer enriched educational experiences through challenging coursework, stimulating colloquia, and the opportunity to study with other students interested in the highest level of learning. Honors Program.
- Ability to communicate
- Media skills
- Negotiation skills
- Argue and debate points
- Active listening
- Ability to plan and develop strategies
- Using history and data in decision making
- Ability to build consensus
- Thinking outside the box
- Understanding data
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- Politician or Political Campaign Staff
- Policy Analyst
- Legislative Analyst
- Public Relations
- Social Media Manager
- Political Consultant
- Marketing Research