Political Science

Dept Chair: Kathryn Wood
email: kathryn.wood@missioncollege.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
  • Civil Service Officer
  • 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
  • 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.

  • AD-T in Political Science to guarantee transfer to the CSU system.
  • Fill General Education requirements for transfer to a UC or CSU, or completion of the AA/AS degree.
  • Experienced, professional, widely traveled instructors.
  • Opportunity for political internships.
  • Discussions with leading experts and officials.
  • Develop crisp reasoning and analytical skills.
Degree and Course Descriptions