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Study Political Science

The study of political science at Mission College involves not only the examination of the structure of government and political systems but the examination of the interaction of individuals and institutions within those systems.

These courses offer valuable insight into these events on the local, state, national, and international levels and they also encourage involvement of the citizenry.

  • Earn an associates in arts degree for transfer (AA-T) and guaranteed transfer to a Cal State University.
  • Take courses that satisfy UC and Cal State transfer requirements.
  • Opportunity for politcal internships.
  • Explore world, American, state and local politics.
  • Learn from political experts in the Bay Area.
Degrees / Certificates

The following are degrees and certificates in Political Science.

PDF of Political Science degrees/certificates from the catalog

Classes to Consider Next Term

POL 002 • Comparative Government

If you think America’s political system is weird and/or broken, this is an opportunity to dream up your own solution to the problems. You will see how seven other countries around the world structure their democratically elected government, and you’ll then get to create your own political and electoral systems in a fictitious county.

POL 006 • Politics of Race, Class, Gender

A fascinating exploration of global issues through the lens of, well, Race, Class, and Gender. Explore topics such as the white-washing of Hollywood, the gender pay gap, masculinity in advertising, and stereotyping. Compare the experiences of minority groups in the United States with those in other countries.

POL 007 • International Films

A fun class that explores the culture and politics of other countries by watching the movies created in those countries. Homework involves watching movies, most of class time is spent watching movies... You’ll get college credit for watching movies, and briefly writing about them. Who doesn’t like watching movies?

POL 020 • Controversial Legal Issues

If you’re at all interested in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, you’ll really have fun with this course. Find out what the Supreme Court has had to say about sex, self-expression, discrimination, immigration, religion, drugs, prisons, and other issues of constitutional law. Discuss and debate the important social and political issues of the day.

Career Options
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Opinion Surveyor
  • Researcher/Research Analyst
  • Civil Service Officer
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Public Information Officer
  • Political Economist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Attorney
  • Campaign Aide
  • City Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Military Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Budget Analyst
  • Elected Official
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Aide
  • Personnel Manager
  • City Manager
  • Businessperson

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Be sure to visit the Transfer Center to discuss all your educational options.

Pre-Law Education:

Although no specific course of study is required for admission to Law School, Political Science is an excellent major or minor if you are looking to a legal career. It equips you with the intellectual tools needed for the study and practice of law.

Political Science courses will develop your ability to express concepts clearly, the capacity to read concentrated materials with precision, and the power to reason, weigh facts, and solve problems.

Political Science Courses

Mount Rushmore

American Government

Learn the function of government both at the federal and state levels with POL 001 and POL 002. A Honors course is also offered.

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International Relations

Experience world politics with POL 004. The relationship between state and non-state actors is explored.

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Politics of Race, Class & Gender

Explore the role of race, economic class and gener in politics with POL 006.

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International Films

Watch films from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe with POL 007.

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