Students planning to major in Political Science usually are interested in law and public policy. These careers share a common set of interdisciplinary themes that apply to public administration and government work, paralegal roles, and the practice of law. Students in Political Science at SCC have obtained internships in political campaigns, the state legislature, and in public policy organizations both in Arizona and in Washington D.C. Graduates from SCC have themselves run for office, obtained law degrees, and work in prestigious public policy organizations.
Students in the Political Science program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior.
8120 Associate in Arts (AA), Political Science
Graduates are prepared to think critically, read analytically, evaluate information, conduct complex research, and solve problems.
With further education, students are prepared for jobs in:
- public administration
- campaigns and elections
- private sector/corporate regulatory affairs
- colleges & universities
- public policy institutes
- public relations
Employment outlook is strong, industry is looking toward majors in areas such as law and public policy to fill jobs that require technical and analytical thinking, and strong communication skills. Additionally, salary levels for persons with Political Science degrees are one of the highest for degrees in the Social/Behavioral Sciences. Political Science majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which a Political Science degree at bachelors, masters, or doctoral level is the direct preparation.
|Public Relations Specialist||9%||$59,300|
|Regulatory affairs manager||7%||$100,890|
|Campaigns & political marketing||10%||$129,380|
A wide variety of internships are available. Please contact the department chair for further information.