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Political Science

Political Science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. Political Science addresses some of the core problems facing human society, including world peace, control over political competition, and the gap between the wealthy and the poor. This discipline focuses on addressing these and other issues systematically while still raising broad theoretical questions, which can help students, relate today's political debates to those debates about politics which have kept the theoretical tradition alive for over 2,000 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Transfer successfully to a four-year institution with a political science program
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in writing
  • Identify major aspects of governmental systems of the United States, for individual states (especially California), and compare governmental systems on a global basis
  • Use the analytical skills necessary to think critically about political, social, and economic behavior
  • Understand their role as an engaged citizen in a democratic political citizen

Career Options

The following is a sample of the many career options available for the political science major. Most require a bachelor's degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, high school or college teacher, foreign service officer, lawyer, public administrator, writer, Congressman, journalist, public administrator, military service, and lobbyist.


Chris Vancil

Chris Vancil
Phone: (530) 938-5564


For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Email: Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: (530) 938-5201