By studying political science, you will explore politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. You will learn theories that allow you to delve deeply in to current US politics and policies; you will critically compare other governments and societies; and you will investigate how states collaborate (or perhaps do not collaborate) on the global stage. Beyond substantive knowledge, you will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, and you will learn how to recognize and employ rigorous methodological approaches. These transferable skills will not only heighten your political understanding, but help you to systematically analyze the world around you.

By taking political science classes at Ohlone College, you can work toward our Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer or an interdisciplinary Associate of Arts in Social Science.

The department offers courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Our common course listings include: 

  • PS-102: Introduction to American Politics
  • PS-103: Introduction to International Relations
  • PS-104: Introduction to Political Theory
  • PS-105: Introduction to Comparative Politics 

All of these courses are transferable to the California State University (CSU) System and to the University of California (UC) System.