The primary objectives of the Political Science
program are to meet general education
requirements for American Institutions and Social
Sciences for the associate degree and to complete
general education requirements for baccalaureate
degrees. Political science is the study of human
behavior as it relates to political situations. It involves
the examination of institutions, processes, people, ideas and policies. The study of political science
develops cultural literacy, critical thinking and other
San Diego City College offers four courses in Political
Science: Political Science 101, 102, 103 and 140.
Completion of Political Science 101, 102 and 103
provides the student with lower division preparation
for a baccalaureate degree in Political Science at San
Diego State University.
Most careers in political science require education
beyond the associate degree and some require
a graduate degree. This is not a comprehensive
list but some of the most common career options
with political science preparation include: public
administrator, budget analyst, city planner,
diplomatic corps member, elected official, legislative
aide, journalist, lawyer, lobbyist, political scientist,
public opinion surveyor, teacher and writer.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion the student will be able to:
- Critically analyze the study of human behavioras it relates to political situations in college-levelessays, written assignments, and research papers.
- Identify and describe main concepts in the studyof political science including, but not limitedto, political power, sovereignty, nation-state;legitimacy; authority, political culture, politicalsocialization, political ideology; social contract;separation of powers; federalism; unitary system;rule of law and globalization.