This area of concentration provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree in political science. The curriculum focuses on the history and political science courses required by most four-year institutions for political science majors.
Students who take the courses recommended in the political science focus area will be able to:
recognize the historical interrelationship of political, social, and economic processes;
understand historical influences upon contemporary international relations; and
recognize philosophical/ethical theories that have influenced political science.
The political science focus area graduate has two major options:
transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in political science. Job and career opportunities extend over a broad spectrum embracing governmental, corporate, and private elements. Some of these include: foreign service officer, political scientist, politician and researcher.
transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in political science education. In addition to the above opportunities, a political science education degree would enable the graduate to teach political science courses not requiring an advanced degree.
Preparation for IHCC:
Students considering a degree in political science should have good reading and writing skills. They should also take as many history, English and political science courses as possible in high school. In addition, they are strongly advised to routinely read as many newspapers and periodicals as possible.
Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the political science program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.