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Political Science

How would our country be different today if Al Gore had been elected president in 2000? How much money are corporations allowed to give political candidates? Who exactly are the Blue Dogs and what do they believe?

Ask a Political Scientist.

While political science as we know it has only been around for 100 years or so, politics is as old as civilization. From Plato to William the Conqueror to President Obama, politics continues to play a critical role in the shaping of our government, our laws, and our society.

As a student in the Political Science program at MCC you will study topics such as: the history of political thought; justice and morality in individuals, society, and government; political and governmental processes; the American political system; legal and constitutional issues; proposals for improving governmental structure and policy; how political behaviors compare in different countries, regions, or time periods; international relations; and practical political problem solving.

Political science majors often apply their skills to government agencies and programs writing policy, planning, or running for elected office. In the private sector, “poly sci” majors often work in law firms, political campaigns, and volunteer organizations where strong analytical, verbal, and writing skills are in high demand.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Political Science program
At MCC, get an... Specialize in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Political Science Political Science Emphasis to BA Arizona State University Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)
Associate in Arts, Political Science Political Science Emphasis to BS at ASU Polytechnic Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus Political Science (Bachelor of Science)
Associate in Arts, Political Science Political Science Emphasis to BS at ASU Tempe Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Political Science (Bachelor of Science)
Associate in Arts, Political Science Political Science Emphasis to BS at ASU West Arizona State University - West Campus Political Science (Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

The Political Science program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Lawyers $107,270
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $79,100
Political Scientists $96,320
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $86,160
Public Relations Specialists $53,020
Social and Community Service Managers $58,400
Social Science Research Assistants $48,960
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Political Science program is available through the Social Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.