Political Science Program

Knowledge about how governments work and the way in which political decisions affect our lives benefits everyone and is expected by many employers. While few jobs are restricted to political scientists only, an associate's or bachelor's degree in political science is useful in many different settings. 

Federal, state and local governments employ almost 16 million people. A political science background is typical for positions such as administrative assistant, budget officer, immigration inspector or intelligence research specialist. 

Other typical careers for political science majors include legal services, law enforcement, the survey research industry and journalism, for political candidates and as a public official. Jobs limited to people with graduate training include teaching positions and upper-level administrative jobs. 

The job market for political science majors remains good, especially if students enhance their qualifications by acquiring good communication skills, learning a foreign language or gaining expertise in statistics. 

Program Requirements 

The following files describe in detail the requirements for this program. 

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework. 

Degree

  • Political Science, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. 

Student Planning Worksheet

Course Descriptions

Faculty Advisors 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Chris Goergen
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604B, (630) 942-2012

David M. Goldberg
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604C, (630) 942-3722

Melissa Mouritsen

Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604A, (630) 942-2670

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences DivisionBerg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Chris Goergen

    Chris GoergenPolitical Science

    “Many students come to class with very limited knowledge about politics. Often, their views are based on myth and stereotypes promoted by the media and U.S. political culture. I hope they come to see that there are other valid perspectives on most issues and that we should try to base our judgment on facts and a general goodwill toward other human beings."

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  • David Goldberg

    David GoldbergPolitical Science

    "I never cease to be amazed at people in the United States and other parts of the world who struggle for social, political and economic change in the face of insurmountable obstacles and the threat of violence."

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