Political Science

A student holds an American flag during a Memorial Day event in the Student Center.Political science is the study of how governments work and interrelate in society. Political systems effect our daily lives. In today’s world it would be challenging to find a career that would not benefit from a strong foundation in political science. Political systems support how communities make decisions, how much we pay in taxes and whether not countries enter wars.

Political science is a great fit for students who enjoy problem-solving, are interested in current events or are interested in pursuing a career in areas as varied as business, education, finance, health, journalism, politics or writing.

A country’s system of government and the level of freedom its citizens enjoy depend upon the active participation of those citizens. In today’s world, political systems interrelate on a global bases as businesses, economies and people strive for career and personal success.

Political science courses at Kellogg Community College contribute to the completion of KCC degrees including Associate in Arts, General Studies, International Studies and degrees in occupational disciplines. A list of political science courses offered at KCC follows.

For more information about political science studies at KCC, see:

Political Science Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
POSC 201 American Goverment (Federal)* 3
POSC 202 American Government (State and Local)* 3
POSC 210 Introductory Comparative Politics* 3
POSC 211 International Relations* 3

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC Political Science courses prepare students for transfer to four-year universities and to other colleges where students pursue a variety of majors, including majors in political science, public administration and sociology.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan or contact KCC’s Social Science and Education Department at 269-660-7705.

Political Science Careers

Political Science courses can lead to careers in the fields and areas including:

  • Academic research and teaching
  • Business and finance
  • Lobbying and labor relations
  • Nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits
  • Public administration and international affairs

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in political science include:

  • Attorney
  • City planner
  • Federal government analyst
  • High school teacher
  • Intelligence officer/CIA analyst
  • Journalist/political correspondent
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Policy analyst
  • Political commentator
  • Public affairs research analyst
  • State legislator/politician

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for political science careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Political Science at KCC?

KCC is a nationally accredited, affordable two-year college that provides high-quality Political Science courses. Many students choose to transfer KCC Political Science courses to four-year universities. KCC’s faculty are well-qualified instructors with a passion for teaching, and the college’s small class sizes create a more interactive and personal learning environment.

Flexible Classes

Select KCC Political Science courses can taken online instead in the classroom, allowing students more flexibility in their class schedule.

A Variety of Subjects

KCC Political Science courses cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • American government
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • And more!

Hands-On Experience

KCC Political Science instructors are enthusiastic about political science and bring a multitude of experiences to each class. Select KCC Political Science courses qualify for the fulfillment of the KCC service-learning endorsement required for graduates pursuing a degree outside of the applied sciences.