Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems and public policy. They study all phases of government from the state and local levels to international relations. Many political scientists specialize in a general area such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes or international relations. A strong curiosity about government and its dynamics, a high perception of complex political systems, and above-average intelligence are necessary characteristics of people in this field. Depending on the topic, a political scientist could conduct a public opinion survey, analyze election results, analyze public documents or interview public officials. Good research, communication and quantitative skills are also desirable qualities.
MCC’s Political Science Emphasis
This program provides freshman and sophomore coursework that’s fully transferable, so you can complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. In MCC’s courses, you’ll be exposed to a variety of facets of political science through lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and group activities.
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our course requirements.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Political Science Job Outlook
Of the Political Scientists surveyed recently, about half worked for the federal government; others worked for think tanks, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, political lobbying groups, and labor organizations. Related occupations include anthropologists, archaeologists, economists, market research analysts, educators, sociologists, survey researchers, and urban and regional planners.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2017 median pay for Political Scientists with a master’s degree was $115,110 per year.
NOTE: Political Scientists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a related field. Job seekers with a bachelor’s degree in political science usually qualify for entry-level positions in many related fields. Some qualify for entry-level positions as research assistants for research organizations, political campaigns, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies; many go into fields outside of politics and policymaking, such as business or law.
Follow this link to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website: