Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum
Academic and Career Advising
Political Science prepares students to understand and participate in the processes whereby policies are made in local, state, national and international political systems. Students learn the factual and theoretical ways in which governmental and non-governmental actors interact. In the process, students develop analytical and communication skills.
Political Science courses are an essential part of a liberal arts education because many disciplines come together in political analysis. Moreover, political science courses are useful in a variety of majors such as history, sociology, pre-law, business, public administration, economics, education and international studies. Students who would like hands-on experience in the political realm may sign up for an internship administered by the Political Science Department. SLCC students have interned in Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City, volunteered on political campaigns, conducted exit polls, hosted a variety of national and local political figures and participated in nationwide foreign policy simulations. Political Science subfields include American, Comparative, International and Public Administration.
Teaching, Government, Policy Analytics, Public Relations, Political Consultation, Media, Data Analysis, Law, Academic Leadership, etc.
Students should check with the department or academic advisor to determine which courses are transferable to other colleges within the Utah System of Higher Education. Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an academic advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
NOTE: Fees may vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.
Program General Education Notes
Courses that meet General Education requirements may be used to meet program requirements. If this option is chosen, student must complete additional elective courses to meet the total credit hour requirement. Please meet with an academic advisor to discuss options.
Required Courses (12 Credits)
Electives (15 credits)
Students must complete 15 hours of elective credit.
Choose additional credits from Political Science, allied fields or student interest. Students may also benefit from developing language skills especially if focusing on international or comparative politics.
Time to Completion & Graduation Map
Program Learning Outcomes
Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes in brackets.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge regarding 1) the founding of the U.S government and the development of American political institutions; 2) the meaning and implications of participatory democracy; 3) three of the following four areas of specialization: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Ideologies, Public Service. [1,2]
- Speak and write effectively about political processes. 
- Analyze how political institutions emerge, how they operate, how they interact with their external environment, and how they shape individual and collective behavior. [1,2,4,5]
- Identify the different approaches to the study of politics and be able to apply these to contemporary political problems and political behavior. [1,2,4,5]
- Identify, formulate and construct logical arguments about political phenomena and evaluate these through empirical and theoretical methods. [1,2,4]
- Demonstrate information literacy by finding, analyzing and contextualizing appropriate source material in the library or online (primary documents, case studies, journal articles, etc.,) and provide thorough attribution while also sorting and weighing the value of various perspectives to inform their own conclusions. [4,8]
- Interpret and use information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze political behavior, public policy, the historical development of the U.S. political system or modern political ideologies, and/or other topics in Political Science. [1,3]
- Work with others in collaborative projects as well as through participation in live and/or on-line discussions and demonstrate the ability to engage a diversity of viewpoints in a civil and constructive fashion. [6,7]
- Analyze and discuss how identity - with its deep roots in culture, language, religion, race/ethnicity, geography and relationship to power - affects processes, institutions, decision-making, outcomes and attitudes related to politics at whatever level. [1,4]
- Make connections between seemingly distant public policy choices and their more immediate impact and, thus, develop an understanding of how politics both shapes and is shaped by the social, political, economic activities of individuals who act collectively. [1,4,5,6]
- Establish awareness of how political science courses connect to a General Education framework through the upload of signature assignments in student e-portfolios as well as through assignment reflections, which demonstrates an understanding of content and methodological overlap of political science courses with other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. [1,4,5,8,9]