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​​Political Science

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

Career options​ for students who get a degree in political science include: lawyer, judge, paralegal, planner, lobbyist, political consultant and government official.

​​Student Voice

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Jocelyn Yow Jocelyn Yow

Jocelyn g​​r​aduated from Norco College in 2014 with an associates degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained her bachelor's degree. She was recently elected as Mayor for the City of Eastvale. Yow, 25, is the youngest woman of color to be appointed to serve in this capacity in the history of California.

“Local government makes decisions that affect our daily lives and is where we can directly see democracy in action. I am serving the city to ensure a better future for my son and the next generation of Eastvale residents,” Yow said.​

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

Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Political Science and Government)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​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

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