Political Science

Dept Chair: Kathryn Wood
email: kathryn.wood@wmv.edu
tel: 408-855-5346
Counseling: 408-855-5030

Taking Political Science classes at Mission is an ideal and fascinating part of acquiring a broad liberal education and, in career terms, the degree is highly versatile pointing the way in many vocational directions. The study of political science involves not only the examination of the structure of government and political systems but the examination of the interaction of individuals and institutions within those systems. These courses offer valuable insight into these events on the local, state, national, and international levels and they also encourage involvement of the citizenry.

Career Options:
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Opinion Surveyor
  • Researcher/Research Analyst
  • Government Worker
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Public Information Officer
  • Political Economist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Attorney
  • Campaign Aide
  • City Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Military Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Budget Analyst
  • Elected Official
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Aide
  • Personnel Manager
  • Political Scientist
  • City Manager
  • Businessperson

Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

Pre-Law Education:

Although no specific course of study is required for admission to Law School, Political Science is an excellent major or minor if you are looking to a legal career. It equips you with the intellectual tools needed for the study and practice of law.

Political Science courses will develop your ability to express concepts clearly, the capacity to read concentrated materials with precision, and the power to reason, weigh facts, and solve problems.

Learning Outcomes

As one of the departments in the Division of Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science strives to further the primary goals of the College's Mission Statement. Thus completion of its courses will assist students in meeting their career, transfer and lifelong educational and intellectual needs as members of a diverse and changing society.

In addition to these general objectives, the specifically designed outcomes of the Political Science program will enable students to

  • Identify the institutions, players and processes in both American national and state government, and the democratic skills needed to navigate and actively participate in government and its decision making process.
  • Analyze the exercise of power in formal governmental institutions and non-governmental institutions, from interest groups to human rights organizations to corporate board rooms.
  • Differentiate and classify political systems, their historical context development, and the social and economic systems with which they interact.
  • Compare the U.S. political system to those elsewhere in the world in nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • Compare the U.S. political system to those elsewhere in the world in nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • An AD-T in Political Science now guarantees transfer into the CSU system for that major.
  • Transferable courses for both the UC and the CSU systems.
  • Fill General Education requirements for transfer or degree.
  • Experienced, professional, widely traveled instructors.
  • Opportunity for political internships.
  • Discussions with leading experts and officials.
  • Develop crisp reasoning and analytical skills.
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