Political Science Government

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health care, the environment, crime, and civil rights? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should select Political Science as a major. Political Science is the study of government, public policy and the political behavior of individuals and groups. Political Science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine the United States, all countries and regions of the world, and international relations.

Iowa Central’s Political Science/Government curriculum is designed to prepare students for a major in Political Science, Government, Public Administration, Law, or International Relations at a senior institution. The curriculum provides a broad perspective of political issues, methods of political study, and research techniques. Skills of analysis also provide a means to study related areas in the Social Science department such as History, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Geography, and Religion. Students interested in majoring in Political Science or Government can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.

Possible Careers

  • Business Administration
  • Campaign Management
  • College Instruction
  • Elementary Teaching
  • Federal Government
  • High School Teaching
  • Human Services
  • International Organizations & Finance
  • International Diplomacy/State Department
  • Interest Group Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lobbying
  • Local Government
  • Military Service
  • National Security Agencies
  • Non-Profit Associations
  • Political Fundraising
  • Political Journalism
  • Political Polling
  • Public Administration
  • State Government

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
SDV-195 Student Government
1.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
XXX-XXX Math or Science Elective
4.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
POL-112 American State and Local Government
3.0
SDV-195 Student Government
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
SDV-195 Student Government
1.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
SDV-195 Student Government
1.0
SPC-132 Group Communication
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 64.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu