Political Science

Political Science

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. Courses are available in-person and online. Most students take online courses to complete their Political Science studies. 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Currently, the tuition for an Associate of Art degree for Political Science students is $5,288. All Political Science courses use Open Educational Resources for class readings so there are NO TEXTBOOK COSTS in any Political Science course. 

Program Code

8120 Associate in Arts (AA), Political Science

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

Grand Canyon

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

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
  • law
  • 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.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
College/University Professor 2% $81,430
Public Relations Specialist 9% $59,300
Attorney 8% $118,160
Paralegal 15% $50,410
Regulatory affairs manager 7% $100,890
Public Administration 10% $94,020
Campaigns & political marketing 10% $129,380
Public/civic policy 3% $76,790

A wide variety of internships are available. Please contact the department chair for further information.

Dr. Nicholas Damask, Department Chair
Office: SB-117
Phone: (480) 423-6201
nicholas.damask@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office: SB-131
Phone: (480) 423-6206
stefani.parks@scottsdalecc.edu