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Political science, the systematic and rigorous study of government, public policy and of the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, is becoming increasingly crucial in a complex and controversial world. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life.

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The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Political Science will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
Maritime Academy
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website:

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

The following are small sample of careers for political scientists. For more on the career potential for those with degrees in political science, check out the list of career sectors for political science .

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Banking Analyst
Campaign Staff
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office Staffer
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Adviser
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt’l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Data Scientist
Editor of Journals or Books
Environmental Policy Analyst
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Freelance Writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Technology Officer
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Journalist, Political Correspondent
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Management Analyst
Non-Profit Program Manager
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Polling/Survey Analyst
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor


Margot Bowlby

Professor, Political Science

B.A., University of California at San Diego; M.A., California State University at Long Beach; further graduate study:  University of California at San Diego

(714) 892-7711 x51286

Office: ADMIN 227

Department Chair: Nina Chapman

Professor, Sociology

B.S., M.A., University of California, Riverside

(714) 892-7711 x58300

Office: ADMIN 221


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