Political theory • Government • Law • Public administration
Key Program Features
The strength of a democratic republic depends on the participation of its citizenry, and for participation to be meaningful, it must be informed. Politics touches every aspect of our life, and this is directly influenced by our knowledge and practice of it. If we as citizens are ignorant of our rights and therefore do not exercise them — those rights effectively cease to exist. Democratic governments depend upon the consent of those they govern for their legitimacy and to authorize their actions. For this consent to be meaningful (and not just a convenient justification), it must be informed and conscious.
Political science is the study of governmental institutions and political behavior on an individual and collective level. As a transfer field, it is divided into political theory, American government and public law, public administration, comparative government, and international law, organization and relations. At LLCC, degree and non-degree students alike are provided practical information about the political institutions and processes essential for informed participation in a democratic society and a political world — both domestic and global. LLCC’s program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities as well as opportunities for more specialized study.
For more than 50 years LLCC as an institution has been committed to empowering and serving its community, and the political science faculty is proud to continue this tradition in our classes
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, to be a political scientist, most people need to get a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science or associated field. In May 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the annual median salary for political scientists was $115,110 and the employment rate for political scientists is expected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026.
LLCC offers the following associate degree program in political science to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university.
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Courses for the political science program have standard tuition rates. For the 2021-2022 academic year (fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022), these courses have an in-district rate of $134.50 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Chris McDonald, Ph.D.
John Vinzant, Ph.D.
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