Political Science

Political scientists study the history, development, and function of political systems. Students pursuing a degree in political science will study, for example, how to understand and predict voter behavior; how political systems influence the economy, society, and culture of a place; and how the media and politicians shape public opinion.

Because political scientists place a large emphasis on learning to evaluate evidence, form theories, and think and write critically, students in this field are well prepared for a variety of occupations. Careers including lawyers, legislative staffers, policy analysts, journalists, teachers, business executives, and university professors. Many students go on to advance study in fields such as law, diplomacy, public policy, and public administration.

Senators on the Senate floor
Members in Congress

Cooperative Work Experience

Students can gain hands-on experience through our Cooperative Work Experience program in Political Science. Opportunities include placement at government and state agencies. These internships are limited in number, selective, and must be arranged in advance of the term. Contact Scott McAleer at mcalees@linnbenton.edu for more information.

Learning About American Government

Over the past decade, people across the country and world have become more interested in the American government, especially as the political climate has become more polarized. The study of political science can illuminate the underlying processes that have led, and currently contribute to, today’s climate.

LBCC’s political science program will examine the influence of media and social media in politics, the ongoing investigation into Russia's attempt to influence U.S. Presidential elections, and the lasting ramifications of this interference.

 

Department Faculty

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