Political Science


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At all times, the political climate calls for skilled interpreters to help the public navigate new information, policies, and current events. These shepherds take the form of social science research assistants, political reporters and correspondents, political scientists, and lawyers.

As a student of the Political Science program, you’ll have the opportunity to take your passion for political science and liberal arts to a local, national, or global level. Learn how to define, defend, and critique political concepts, systems, and theories while demonstrating effective communication skills for a diverse world.

Join the Political Science program today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Political Science

Why Rio Salado College?

  • Flexible Start Dates: You can start almost every Monday of the year - so you can begin class on your schedule.
  • Accommodating Course Format: Classes are delivered online - allowing you to schedule time for classwork around your work and family commitments.
  • Textbooks Options: Most classes have low-cost rental options for textbooks. Some courses use open-educational resources (OER), which correlates to no textbook cost for students.
  • Free Tutoring: At Rio, we offer free, online tutoring to offer you additional support.
  • 24/7 Helpdesks: Need help? We have help available 24/7.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our faculty are working professionals who know their content and want to assist you in successfully completing your courses!

Political Science:

Political science focuses on the history, governments, and institutions of the U.S. government and governments around the world. At Rio Salado College, you can earn an associate in arts (AA) degree with an emphasis in political science and directly transfer to one of the state universities. You will come away with how to understand and explain the decisions and actions taken by groups of people and institutions that control the power and authority in cultures. You will learn about political power, policies, processes and institutions. 

At Rio Salado College you can receive a base knowledge in each of these areas.  We offer the following courses:

  • POS110 — American National Government (SB)
  • POS140 — Comparative Government (G, SB)
  • POS220 — U.S. & Arizona Constitution
  • POS221 — Arizona Constitution
  • POS222 — U.S. Constitution

Our political science courses are offered in an online format with options to accelerate.  This program of study offers low cost and open education resources (OER) textbooks. Rio Salado’s highly qualified instructors have a love for political science as well as sharing this knowledge and working with students on an individual basis.