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Political Science

The study of political science will prepare you to function as a citizen in your community, to serve as a government employee or elected official, or to become a teacher of civics or government. In addition, it will develop your understanding of the role of government in everyday life, business and world events.

Political Sciences Course Syllabi
The following links are for Official Course Syllabi, which detail expected learning outcomes, outlines of topics, and methods of instruction and evaluation:

PSC100     Missouri Constitutional Government
PSC102     U.S. and Missouri Governments and Constitutions
PSC102H   U.S. and Missouri Governments and Constitutions - Honors
PSC103     Current Political Issues
PSC155     International Relations
PSC250     Independent Study: Model United Nations
PSC250H   Independent Study: Model United Nations - Honors
PSC290     Public Service Government Internship

Political Science Academic Plan

The Academic Plan is a semester-by-semester plan for the full-time college-ready student. Part-time students should work with an advisor to customize the map to fit individual needs.

Transfer Options

The following is a list of local surrounding colleges that offer a degree in Political Science:

If you're interested in transferring to continue your education, please understand that information is always changing so it's recommended you check with the receiving institution or the Jefferson College Transfer Specialist if you have any questions. If you would like to make an appointment with the Transfer Specialist, Carrie Greer, please contact her at 636-481-3220 or email

Career Outlook

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Political Scientists:
Offers a variety of detailed information about Political Scientists including pay, education, work experience, job outlook and more.

Did you know employment of political scientists is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,400 new jobs over the 10-year period. 

The American Political Science Association (APSA):
The APSA is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.

The APSA also provides helpful information on Careers in Political Science.

Meet the Political Science Faculty