Political Science

Program of Study

Political Science Designation

Curriculum
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 95% Online

About the Program

Political scientists study political systems and public policy in the United States and other countries. They conduct research on everything from U.S. foreign relations to the politics of small towns, major cities, and at the state level. As a political scientist, you could work in a large variety of industries with such duties as conducting public opinion surveys, analyzing election results, and working directly with public officials.

If you choose to emphasize your associate degree in political science, you’re most likely planning to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Credits you earn toward your A.A. will transfer to any four-year public college or university in Colorado. This program will prepare you for continued academic study or a career in the non-profit or public sector. In addition, political science is one of the most popular majors for students wishing to continue on to law school in the future.

In this program, you will learn about how political systems work and why they look the way they do. You will build your reading, writing, research, and analytic skills while studying the political world in various contexts. Classes available include an introductory course, American politics, international relations, comparative politics, state and local politics, and internship experience.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Knowledge Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 95 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (gT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University 
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo 
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Get Involved! Campaigns are currently contacting CCD looking for summer and fall interns just like you. Contact Tammi Spicer-Dormuth to find out more!

Top 5 Reasons to Intern for a Campaign

  • Introduction to the operations of local and federal politics.
  • Opportunity to "test drive" a career in politics.
  • Resume enhancement.
  • Leadership development.
  • Networking, establishing mentors and cultivating references.

Interns are often the first resource for campaigns and newly elected officials when positions become available.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Political scientists should face strong competition for jobs as the number of candidates is expected to exceed the number of available positions.

The are numerous areas you can work in with a degree in political science.

  • Teaching
  • Non-Profit Research
  • Administration
  • Public Sector Jobs
  • Campaign Staff Member
  • Writing
  • Research

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for non-profit managers with a bachelor’s degree was $64,100 in 2017 ($30.82 hourly).

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.