Political Science Program

Knowledge about how governments work and the way in which political decisions affect our lives benefits everyone and is expected by many employers. While few jobs are restricted to political scientists only, an associate's or bachelor's degree in political science is useful in many different settings. 

Federal, state and local governments employ almost 16 million people. A political science background is typical for positions such as administrative assistant, budget officer, immigration inspector or intelligence research specialist. 

Other typical careers for political science majors include legal services, law enforcement, the survey research industry and journalism, for political candidates and as a public official. Jobs limited to people with graduate training include teaching positions and upper-level administrative jobs. 

The job market for political science majors remains good, especially if students enhance their qualifications by acquiring good communication skills, learning a foreign language or gaining expertise in statistics. 

Program Requirements 

The following files describe in detail the requirements for this program. 

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework. 


  • Political Science, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. 

Student Planning Worksheet

Course Descriptions

Faculty Advisors 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Chris Goergen
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604B, (630) 942-2012

David M. Goldberg
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604A, (630) 942-3722

Carol Riphenburg
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604C, (630) 942-2670

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences DivisionHealth and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331.

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    David GoldbergPolitical Science

    "I never cease to be amazed at people in the United States and other parts of the world who struggle for social, political and economic change in the face of insurmountable obstacles and the threat of violence."

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  • Carol Riphenburg

    Carol RiphenburgPolitical Science

    "To compete in the international marketplace and contribute to positive global interaction, students need to have a better understanding of and appreciation for other people, other cultures, other religions and other geographies."

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