Political Science

Politics are a part of the fabric of America. Political science teaches an effective understanding of our constitutional framework, the skills to raise public awareness, and knowledge of the important issues that affect our lives such as voting rights, freedom of expression, access to healthcare, protection of the environment and how to influence government action.

Political scientists frequently work as educators and as policy analysts for government, international business, labor and political or professional organizations. They gather and analyze information to plan and interpret policies. Most political scientists - about 63 percent - work for the federal government.

You may want to specialize in an area of politics. Politicians rely on teams of expert analysts and consultants to fill in the gaps of their election platforms.

You may also study the hidden psychological elements of politics to become a powerful advisor. Businesses conducting operations around the globe utilize analysts to help navigate foreign governments and regulations.

To cover this fascinating topic, our political science courses include U.S. national politics, urban politics and policy, comparative politics, international relations and the Missouri constitution.

We even offer a practicum in public administration. You'll review formal laws and traditions, as well as the informal but powerful ways people influence each other. You may gain a new appreciation of the art of back room lobbying.

Our political science program is built around the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. This degree gives you a solid two-year background in general education courses that can transfer to a four-year institution. It also allows 17 hours of elective courses that let you hone in on your specific political science interests.

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Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.

We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.

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