Political Science


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 useful skills.

Program Emphasis

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.

Career Options

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.