Why Choose Our Political Science Program?
Political Science courses at San Joaquin Delta College are designed to accomplish several aims. First, the courses provide general information on political processes in the United States, California, and in the arena of international relations. Second, the courses expose students to the discipline of political science as a separate body of academic scholarship, and to the dominant methods of inquiry in the discipline. Finally, the courses serve the purpose of enhancing critical thinking skills to foster informed political participation and engagement in social and political affairs. We believe that the study of political science helps produce citizens who are more keenly interested and aware of the political processes that shape their daily lives. Because political science is a discipline most interested in the authoritative allocation of values in societies, we bear an important responsibility of educating students about those value choices, and how governmental and extra-governmental institutions shape those choices. We believe our courses are central to the process of imparting generalized knowledge about how politics influences the lives of citizens, and are central to the process of creating political citizens able to understand the political world and participate in it.
Political Science, Associate in Arts for Transfer
This Associate in Arts is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in political science. Majors in political science learn to think critically, express their opinions in a thoughtful manner, analyze political events, evaluate political ideologies and make informed decisions on how to participate in political processes. The goal for study as a political science major is to maximize students' capacity to analyze and interpret the dynamics of political events and governmental processes and their significance.
The political science major complements a student's liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of government and politics. The major is structured to provide students with a background in the basic fields of political science, as well as to permit them a range of choice in completing the program. The proposed transfer degree in political science contains core courses that cover the following areas: American Government and Institutions (POLSC 1), International Relations (POLSC 5), Comparative Politics (POLSC 2), and Political Theory (POLSC 3). Taking these courses will equip students well who wish to transfer to a CSU institution as political science majors.
For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.
Career Options in Political Science
Training in political science courses should equip students with analytical skills including (1) the ability to recognize and understand the use of theory, analytic frames and models and their use to interpret and understand political phenomena; (2) the ability to recognize the importance of and to weigh the worth of evidence marshaled to support or oppose an argument; and (3) the ability coherently to systematize and accumulate political information and knowledge and to use this stock of knowledge to better understand the political world. With these skills, and the ability to read and think critically, to write effectively and express themselves clearly, students can undertake a variety of careers. Students with a political science major enter careers in business, in law (Pathway to Law School), in teaching, in government, and in policy-related fields.