The mission of the Saddleback College Political Science program is to provide students with the necessary vocabulary, theoretical frameworks, and inquiry methods to understand and analyze political issues in the United States and globally. Coursework is intended to promote civic engagement, foster intellectual growth, and encourage student success.
Our department offers a variety of baccalaureate-level political science courses both in person and online for students working toward transferring, preparing them for continued success at four-year institutions.
Research political subjects, such as the U.S. political system and foreign relations
Collect and analyze data from sources such as public opinion surveys
Develop and test political theories
Evaluate the effects of policies and laws on government, businesses, and people
Monitor current events, policy decisions, and other related issues
Forecast political, economic, and social trends
Submit research results by giving presentations and publishing articles
Work in multiple industries and organizations around the world
Why Major in Political Science?
Studying Politics is important, even if your aim is a career outside Political Science. Studying Politics means you:
Become a more knowledgeable member of your political community
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a political agent
Clarify what you believe about how our society should be run
Students who study politics are closely guided in developing skills relevant to many careers, including:
High-level writing and reading
How to analyze and research the world around you
Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
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THE SUB-FIELDS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
There are five main subfields of political science, including:
Focuses on the study of federal, state, and local government structures and relationships in the United States. Also explores important processes and institutions like civil rights and civil liberties, elections, and the roles of public opinion, the media, and political parties.
Considered the oldest subfield of political science. Investigates historical and current questions about the meanings and purposes of politics, divided between describing the world and proposing changes to it.
Focuses on the political interactions between nation-states. Explores important topics in contemporary world politics like war, international organizations, development, diplomacy, trade, and environmental concerns like climate change.
The comparison of political processes and institutions between different nation-states. Includes studying political institutions and structures, electoral behavior and processes, public policy, and social movements and organizations.
Focuses on the intersection of politics and economics, both domestically and internationally. Engages with three other subfields in the discipline (American politics, comparative politics, and international relations). Includes studying globalization, international trade and finance, micro- and macro-economics, and development economics.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and problems of politics in the United States and globally.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic systems, theories, ideologies, and models of political analysis.
- Explore specialized fields of study, including international relations, comparative politics, and political philosophy and theory.
Political Science Courses
- PS1 or PS1H American Government
- PS4 Introduction to Political Science
- PS11 International Political Economy
- PS12 Comparative Politics and Government
- PS14 International Relations
- PS10H Honors Political Theory
- PS80 Introduction to Contemporary Africa
Zero Textbook Cost
Zero Textbook Cost Classes
What is ZTC?
ZTC (Zero-Textbook-Cost) classes have no textbook-related costs, including access fees for online materials. Such classes often use Open Educational Resources (OER) created under a Creative Commons (a public copyright license) that give people the ability to share, use, and build upon a work that has been created. They may also use library e-books or other sources so there is no cost to the student. Saddleback College faculty have adopted and created OER to provide high-quality educational materials to you at no cost online, and low-cost print options. Click here for more information about our ZTC classes.