POLITICAL SCIENCE Overview
The world of contemporary politics demands much of both its participants and its critics. The study of political science gives you an understanding of the workings of American and international politics. As you embark on this academic journey, you will gain valuable insights into the workings of political systems, enabling you to navigate the complex landscape of today's political arena.
A bachelor or professional degree in political science is a strong foundation for careers in local, state or national government, transnational governmental or non-governmental organizations, law, and business. Graduates also undertake graduate study in fields such as law, politics, labor and industrial relations, city management and urban planning, journalism, interest groups or social movement lobbying, and communication.
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POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Analyze the key concepts, theories and debates that have defined thinking about politics
- Assess the basic structure of the American political system and how some of its institutions,
procedures, and actors function.
- Compare the nature and general principles of the U.S. Constitution with the California
Constitution and their respective major provisions.
- Describe the relationship of state and local government and the federal government
today and explain the resolution of conflicts that led to that relationship.
- Formulate the political systems of other countries and regions, and be able to delineate
comparisons across respective political cultures.
- Evaluate approaches to the study of the relations between countries and appraise the basic dynamics and development of the international system.