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Political Science (AAT)

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Let the Needs of Your Community Be Heard Through Your Voice

Rule on cases using the Constitution as your guide. Argue for the release of someone wrongly accused of a crime. Make decisions on how local, state, or national laws are enacted. Inspire the next generation to affect change in their communities. With a degree in political science, you’ll have a foundational knowledge on how government works and why history has a tendency to repeat itself. Careers in political science give you the power to change unjust systems and fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. 

Political scientists study political systems, but you may choose to use it to prepare for law school or guide you on the path to becoming an elected official. A political science background can even assist if you prefer any role in government, including speechwriting, communications, or volunteering for a city committee. Political scientists require attention to detail, a passion for history, and desire to affect change from the inside. 

Careers in Political Science

A career political science could see you in local, state, or national government roles. While you can choose to tackle today’s problems from the inside or study trends, there are a number of opportunities for you with this career path. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a degree in Political Science: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $117,570/year
$56.52/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
6,200

Advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Doctoral / professional degree $120,910/year
$58.13/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
823,900

Facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $62,270 /year
$29.94/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 8% increase
(faster than average)
7,700

Create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $60,000/year
$28.85/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
270,000

Instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $78,470/year
$37.72/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 11% increase
(much faster than average)
1,350,700

Apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Doctoral / professional degree $117,190/year
$56.34/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 3% increase
(as fast as average)
45,000

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Political Science

You can get Associate in Arts for Transfer (AAT) and Associate in Arts (AA) degrees through LASC’s Political Science program where you will learn about governments, political systems, and gain an understanding of how governments abuse power: 

  • Expand your knowledge of governing systems in the United States and abroad to understand how they are formed, how they function, and the processes in which to create change.
  • Develop an understanding of how political systems and governing bodies can affect a society.
  • Gain invaluable experience working as part of the Associated Student Government team where you’ll be paired with like-minded individuals who want to better LASC
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • To transfer with your Associate in Arts for Transfer (AAT) degree in Political Science, you will save money on your first two years of college learning from thought-provoking, experienced faculty. You can graduate with guaranteed admission into a CSU, and some UCs! See your counselor for more information.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Associate in Arts for Transfer (AAT) and the Associate in Arts in Political Science (AA) degrees below along with our suggested course of study for these programs. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 2207
Total Units Required: 60

If you are planning to transfer to a CSU or UC, then an Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer is for you!  You can complete an Associate in Arts in for Transfer Degree (ATT) in Political Science if you are planning to transfer to a CSU Political Science bachelor’s program, and by successfully completing this degree, you are guaranteed admission to a CSU upon completion of this program! 

The Transfer Degree is designed to provide you with a Transfer Model Curriculum focusing on the study of the acquisition and use of public power and authority. If you’re interested in learning about American Government and different political cultures in the world, the courses are for you. 

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree requirements include: 

  • completion of 60 CSU transferable units, including the minimum 18 units in the major and the completion of either IGETC or CSU GE;
  • a minimum GPA of 2.0. 

If you are interested in completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, you must:

  1. Complete 60 semester units of 90-quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: *
  2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements
  3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. 2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
    *As required by Senate Bill 1440 & California Education Code section 66746.
  4. ADTs also require that you must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

You should meet with a counselor to determine the necessary course work to complete the general education requirements.

Required Courses: Units
POL SCI 1 The Government of the United States 3
Select three courses:  
POL SCI 2 Modern World Governments 3
POL SCI 5 The History of Western Political Thought 3
POL SCI 7 Contemporary World Affairs 3
POL SCI 50 Introduction to Research in Political Sciences  3
Select two courses:
POL SCI 9 Governments and Politics in Africa 3
POL SCI 20 Race and Ethnicity in Politics  3
TOTAL UNITS 18

Upon successfully completing this program, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of political institutions and processes of American government.
  2. Prepare a research paper that analyzes the impact of important political events on the prevailing political culture of the country. 
Required Courses: Units
HISTORY 1 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
HISTORY 2 Introduction to Western Civilization II 3
POL SCI 1 The Government of the United States 3
POL SCI 2 Modern World Governments 3
POL SCI 7 Contemporary World Affairs 3
POL SCI 9 Government and Politics in Africa 3
TOTAL UNITS 18

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in political science? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can begin preparing for your career in politics:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and make sure to discuss your academic and career goals so they can direct you to all LASC has to offer you!
  • Still in high school? Get involved in student government where you’ll plan and oversee events, activities, programs, policies and initiatives around school. Contact your local representative’s office to see if you could schedule a visit to take a tour of the office and learn more about a life in politics.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the Associated Students Organization (ASO) to run for student body government, and Toastmasters to improve your public speaking, or become a student ambassador and give campus tours. These create new relationships, and build important communication, and leadership skills while you meet your community.

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, once you successfully complete the program, you should be able to:

  • Understand the acquisition and use of public power and authority.
  • Have an understanding about American Government and different political cultures in the world.