The mission of the Political Science Department is to be the primary support to the college as it seeks to prepare students for the common tasks of citizenship.
Democracy requires an involved citizenry which in turn demands that citizens understand the fundamentals of their political system. For citizens of the United States these fundamentals include familiarity with the institutions and process of government at all levels; as well as civil liberties, political parties, elections and interest group behavior.
The Political Science Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Political Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.
Employers regard Political Science as one of the two most highly-prized social science degrees among employees. Why do employers desire students who study power and government and can hold national and international perspectives on topics? Because businesses, non-profit organizations, government, public service, law, media, education, and more need and admire the rare combination of knowledge, talent, and skills that Political Science students develop.
Political Science students uniquely combine wide-ranging knowledge with skills at research, analysis, and communication. These traits make students supremely qualified to work in the Information Age. Professional life increasingly requires collecting, organizing, applying, evaluating, and presenting information and ideas, as well as thinking critically, solving problems creatively, demonstrating cross-cultural understanding, and working individually and collaboratively.
Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.
Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.