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Political Science

What Will I Learn?

As a student studying Political Science at Heartland Community College, you learn about the structure and processes of American government and politics. The curriculum includes courses in state and local politics, international relations, and politics of the Middle East, Central/South America and Asia.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Political scientists find jobs in policy or research where they utilize their knowledge of political institutions to further the interests of non-profit, political lobbying, and social organizations. Political scientists analyze and report on current events, much as do news analysts, reporters, and correspondents. Many considering careers in law, such as attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants, judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers, major in political science.

In May 2010, the nationwide median annual income of political scientists was $107,420.1   In 2009 in the State of Illinois, the median annual income of political scientists was $46,255.2

What Are My Options?

The Associates Degree with emphasis in Political Science is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in political science at a four-year college or university.

The Civic Engagement Sequence is designed for students interested in civic and/or political engagement who wish to supplement their plan of study at HCC with emphasis in this area. All courses in the Sequence are transferrable to most four year colleges and universities. The Sequence is recognized by Heartland Community College at graduation, and will appear on an official transcript. The Civic Engagement Sequence is also designed for students planning to transfer into the Civic Engagement Minor at Illinois State University.



  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Political Scientists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos314.htm#emply (visited June 1, 2012)
  2. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2010, on the Internet at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/publications/Publications/WageData.pdf (visited June 1, 2012)