Dr. Vanna Gonzales
General Education Building, Room 308D

The program is part of the Social Sciences Department and is committed to the highest possible standards in teaching and facilitating learning in a student-centered environment. Political Science examines the American political system, including an in-depth look at the structure and process of local, state and federal governments. Political science degrees are available at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Graduates are poised for career opportunities in a wide array of agencies including government, non-profit, corporate and administration organizations.The Political Science Program introduces students to political theory and government structure. Students learn the skills of logical reasoning, critical analysis, fact gathering and developing effective arguments. In addition, students in the program gain an understanding for, and appreciation of, the American political system.

Some possible careers:

Attorney, high school teacher, college professor, public administrator, political consultant, policy analyst, public relations specialist, journalist, international relations specialist, paralegal, legislative aide, legislative advocate, elected or appointed public official, urban planner, U.S. State Department employee.

Program Student Learning Outcome statement:

Students in the Political Science Program will demonstrate:

  • Analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Knowledge of the institutions of government and politics at the local, state, and national level;
  • Knowledge of historical themes and issues affecting current events;
  • Ability to compare and contrast alternative economic and 
political systems;
  • Basic knowledge and values obtained from the Political 
Science curriculum needed for responsible and active citizenship participation.