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    Irvine Valley College
    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Political Science

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Dean: Traci Fahimi, EdD
Academic Chair: Shirin Sahani
Faculty: Joon Kil, PhD, Shirin Sahani


Since exposure to other political systems and ideas is vital in this increasingly interdependent world, students of all interests and backgrounds will find political sc­ience courses relevant and of value. The political science curriculum includes both required and elective courses appropriate for a general liberal arts education and for the major in political science. The core course, American Government, meets the general education requirement in American Institutions and lays a broad analytical framework that may be employed in examining political issues. Other courses in the curriculum meet general education requirements in the social sciences.


Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life. Political science is an excellent liberal arts major for students interested in learning how groups of people govern themselves; how policies are made; and how we can improve our government policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. Those interested in American politics, international affairs, critical issues such as civil rights, health care, the environment and the deficit should consider this course of study. 

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers for the political science major include the following:

  • Teaching in Secondary and Post-secondary Schools
  • Law
  • Government Employment
    • Campaign Manager
    • Legislative Staff Member
    • State, Local, and Federal Elected Office Holder
    • Government Agency Employee
  • Business and Private Agencies
    • Insurance
    • Agriculture
    • Finance
    • Consulting
    • Research
  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Trade and Organizations
    • United Nations
    • International Business
    • International Relief and Aid Group


    Associate in ArtsAssociate in Arts for Transfer

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