The search for a perfect system of government forms the basis of political science. From the philosophical theories of the ancient Greeks to statistical analyses done by modern academics, people gathered in social communities have sought the best ways to allocate resources, reduce conflict, participate in decision-making and produce means of survival. Over time, this effort has become identified with the application of the scientific method to empirical facts and data.
To accomplish their goal of establishing structures and behaviors that would constitute the ideal government, political scientists draw heavily on other fields of study– history, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography and law–which are also concerned with finding norms and guidelines for the most optimal functioning of society. As increasing amounts of information had to be sorted and analyzed, political scientists created subdivisions for research and teaching, including national politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy administration.
At Westchester Community College, we offer courses that reflect these areas of political science, including American Government and Issues, American Politics and Policies, State and Local Government, Introduction to World Politics, International Law and Organizations, Middle Eastern Politics, Comparative Politics and Administrative Law, many of which fulfill general education requirements.
The study of political science prepares a student for transfer to a four-year institution and major in a wide variety of disciplines. Taking a single political science course can satisfy general education requirements in a number of social science areas. Degrees in political science serve as a foundation for public service employment, graduate school, law school, political involvement, community work, journalism and all aspects of business.