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.

Program Code

8120 Associate in Arts (AA), Political Science

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Program Contacts

Dr. Nicholas Damask, Department Chair
Office: SBE-117
Phone: (480) 423-6201

Department Office
Office: SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206

Career Outlook

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
Learning Opportunities

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