Political Science

According to the American Political Science Association (APSA), “political science is the study of public policies, political systems, and political behavior.” The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that “political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.” This discipline helps students develop skills such as research, oral and written communication, decision-making, problem-solving, analytical thinking, understanding and appreciation of diverse community needs, development and marketing of ideas, coalition/team building, and teamwork. Individuals who earn degrees in political science often enter careers as political consultants, community organizers, government employees, attorneys, lobbyists, business professionals, public and governmental relations professional, social services workers, journalists, or educators.


Paul Betancourt
Corey Booth*
Kathleen Reyna
Bill Turini (FT)


POLSCI 110—American Institutions ††
POLSCI 2—American Government**
POLSCI 3—Political Theory
POLSCI 5—Comparative Governments
POLSCI 24—International Relations
†† non-transferable course, meets “American Institutions” requirement for the associates degree

Additional Info

The faculty in Political Science are currently in the process of developing an Associate of Arts for Transfer degree in Political Science.
American Academy of Political and Social Science
American Political Science Association
Northeastern Political Science Association
Political Science Quarterly, a publication of the Academy of Political Science
Southern Political Science Association
Southwestern Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association
American National Elections Studies at the University of Michigan
Center for Political Studies, part of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan
Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership and Pepperdine University
Hoover Institution at Stanford University
Institute of Government and Public Affairs at University of Illinois
Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley
Institute for Social Research at CSU Sacramento
Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Maddy Institute at CSU Fresno
Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California
The centers and programs of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

* Oakhurst faculty
** Classes also offered at Oakhurst
FT = Full Time

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