Political Science Department

Political Science Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the Political Science Department's most commonly asked questions.

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What do political science course numbers mean?

The political science department offers courses at the 100 and 200 level. The 100-level courses are the same political science courses one would take at the freshman level at a university, such as Political Science 101.

The 200-level political science courses are the same political science courses one would take at the sophomore level at a university. You do not have to take the courses in numerical order, although the 100-level courses usually provide a background in political science that you might find helpful in a 200-level course.

What is political science?

Political science is the study of who gets, what, when, and how. The study of politics is a specific field within the social sciences and can occur at the local, national or international level; TMCC offers courses at each level.

Political science is an excellent major for students interested in learning how groups of people govern themselves, how public policy is made, and how citizens can improve government policies at the local, state, national and international levels. The political science major can study a broad variety of issues, including political parties and voting behavior, interest groups, bureaucracies and administrative procedure, intergovernmental relations, international politics and international organizations, political personality, executive politics and legislative behavior, mass movements and revolutions, political socialization and recruitment, political philosophy, community organizations and urban politics, and the courts and the administration of justice.

What type of career does a political science major prepare one for?

Political science courses emphasize critical thinking, a skill that can be transferred to any chosen career. The American Political Science Association notes that political science majors generally find jobs in business, the law, state, local and federal government, journalism, marketing, international organizations and finance, political campaigns, interest groups and civic associations, communications, policy analysis, and pre-college and college teaching.

If you have any questions about the careers available to political science majors, contact either the department or the Counseling Office.

Which political science courses transfer to a university?

In 1991, the Political Science programs of the NSHE met and synchronized course numbering, titles, and descriptions. Thus, every political science course either transfers as a department requirement/elective or a general university requirement/elective.

Political Science 101 satisfies the U.S. and Nevada constitution requirement. Political Science 211 and Political Science 231 can be used to satisfy the social science core curriculum requirement at UNR and UNLV.