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Why choose Political Science at PCC?

Portland Community College’s Political Science program offers you an opportunity to grapple with critical issues in small classes taught by faculty dedicated to your learning. Our diverse student body will provide a range of fresh perspectives.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

Political science focuses on politics and political systems and the behavior of people within political systems. At PCC, our primary emphasis is on American government including:

  • Congress
  • Constitution
  • Domestic policy
  • Elections
  • Foreign policy
  • Interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Presidency
  • Supreme Court

In addition, PCC offers courses in peace studies, comparative politics, international relations, American foreign policy, political ideologies, and global concerns including ecological issues.

What will you do?

Political Science is an excellent foundation for a liberal arts, college transfer degree. Political Science majors often continue in careers that include becoming lawyers, political consultants, teachers, political office holders, and others engaged in the political realm. Those who undertake the study of politics are encouraged to actively engage in impacting policy-making, as well as informed voters, lobbyists, advocates associated with social change movements, and others concerned about justice issues.

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