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Explore political science at Columbia College
With a degree in political science from Columbia College, you’ll gain new perspectives on the legislation, policies, trends and political ideas that impact our daily lives. Some of the knowledge is theoretical—for example, issues of democracy, justice and equality. Some focuses on practical issues like the constitutional structure and levels of the U.S. government. Students also learn about other governmental systems around the world and how they interact with each other.
You’ll graduate with a valuable understanding of political philosophy, American national government, public administration and international relations. Your knowledge will open doors in fields like advocacy, public relations, government service, national intelligence, history, journalism, law or education.
Opportunities to study:
- Courts and the Law
- International Relations
- The Presidency
- Comparative Politics
- Public Policy
- Campaigns and Elections
- State and Local Government
- Political Philosophy
- Foreign Policy
Prepare for a career that shapes our democracy
Political science is the study of who gets what, where, when and how. These decisions are impacted by laws, elections, lobbies, foreign policy, the Constitution and other factors—a fascinating mix of powerful forces. You’ll explore these influences through coursework as well as hands-on learning experiences like internships, academic teams and research opportunities.
Your career path may take you directly into the world of politics through seeking public office or working on a legislative staff. Or you may enter via advocacy, election systems, consulting, public policy, advertising or foreign service. Your degree also prepares you for graduate or law school.
Some possible paths include:
- Public official
- Foreign service officer
- Business executive
- Social services
Dr. Terry Smith
"Political science is such a great preparation for so many careers. And it’s terrific fun to teach – easy to make relevant to student lives and interests."Read about Terry
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 18 credit hours
- Electives 52-55 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
American political thought from the colonial period to the present using writings of notable political figures, scholars and others. Cross-listed as AMST 280. Prerequisite: ENGL 133W. Offered odd Fall.
Theory and practice of how nations relate to each other. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Examination of the impact of the media on political discourse and public opinion in America, as well as examine the ways in which the media is shaped and affected by political forces. Prerequisite: POSC 111.
Analysis of the governmental structures and roles played by developing nations in contemporary world affairs. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
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