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Social and Behavioral Sciences, Political Science (AA)

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Political Science (AA)

Political Science strengthens your communication, critical thinking, and data skills.

Program Highlights

In thepolitical science concentration, you will:

  • Develop competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory political science and international relations courses.
  • Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to your audience and purpose.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data, and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner.

Overall Requirements

To earn an Associate of Arts in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a Political Science concentration, you will need to:

  • Earn at least 62 credit hours
  • Complete the Gen Ed Core
  • Complete the Arrupe Mission Core
  • Complete these two courses:
    • ACPOL 200 Intro to Political Thought
    • ACPOL 202 International Relations

What Can I Do With an Associate's Degree in Political Science?

Political science strengthens your communication, critical thinking, and data skills. As a result, it prepares you to pursue a variety of careers. People who earn undergraduate degrees in political science find work in fields such as:

  • Business & finance
  • Public administration
  • Non-profits
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Media
  • Government, politics, & advocacy
  • Education

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Is political science the right fit for you? Here are some helpful tips:

While you are at Arrupe, consider taking an additional class in Political Science: ACPOL 205 Power, Rap Music, and Urban America.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Explore the required curriculum and what learning outcomes you can expect with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a Concentration in Political Science (AA).

Meet the Faculty

Lavar Pope, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Political Science

I was raised in the Chicago area and I am a first-generation college graduate from a minority group traditionally underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities.

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While enrolled at Arrupe, you are encouraged to start connecting your interests and skills to different major and career options. Arrupe Career Services is dedicated to supporting students as they prepare for their career pursuits. There are many resources available to assist you:

  • Explore information about careers: The "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool helps you connect majors to a variety of career options and shares strategies to make you a more marketable candidate for the types of careers you want to pursue. You can access this resource within the “Career Tools” box on the Loyola Career Services website. CareerOneStop lets you explore careers and see detailed information about different occupations, including job descriptions, employment outlooks, typical salaries, education required, relevant skills, and more.
  • Browse information about college majors: Every college department has a website. Pick some majors that sound interesting, then visit their department websites. You can look at Loyola departments, or departments at other colleges and universities.
  • Explore your interests: Look for events sponsored by colleges or departments that interest you. You can also look for student organizations focused on your academic interests through LUCommunity.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because Arrupe College is designed for students with limited financial resources, graduates leave with a high-quality Jesuit education and little to no debt. 

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