Political Science is the study of the rise and evolution of governments and politics in the world. Specifically, political science examines the origins and contemporary institutions of governments, the evolution and state of political parties, campaigns, elections, citizen rights and responsibilities, law-making and law enforcing, civil rights and liberties, and our court system.
Political science majors are a vital resource in the workings of our participatory democracy. A study of political science can lead to careers in government service , politics, law, management, law enforcement, and education. The analytical skills honed in the study of political science are greatly valued as an excellent prerequisite in the above career fields.
Political Science majors are offered at the major Oregon schools - U of O, OSU, SOU, EOS, and PSU. Political Science is also offered at major schools across the country.
Following the standard transfer program requirements will gain entry for qualified students into the Oregon university system as well as into universities across the country and world. Appropriate early course for political science majors are:
- Science - Geology or Biology
- Math - 105 or 111
- Social Sciences - (besides Political Science courses) History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, and Psychology
- Foreign language - Two years of a foreign language is required for a B.A. degree in most universities, and is a good idea in general for broadening our perspective and strengthening one's job entry chances in the field.
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
First Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Charles Young - Contact
Associate Professor, Social Science