Political science is the study of systems of government; the analysis of political activity and behavior. Political science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Career options for students who get a degree in political science include: lawyer, judge, paralegal, planner, lobbyist, political consultant and government official.
Student of Distinction
Norco College student Lailah Bezan was selected as the 2021 Student of Distinction in the discipline of Political Science.
“I want to become a child advocacy lawyer, and maybe down the line, become a law professor. I just really want to help people,“ Lailah said. “I've always wanted to do that, and I know that the best chance that me being able to help people is to get a good education and give me more power in order to help them effectively.“
To read more of Lailah's story, click
Academic Programs in Political Science
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Social & Behavioral Sciences - CSU Pathway
Political Science for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School||MAP|
|What can I do with this major? (Political Science and Government)||INFO|
|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system