Political Science Specialization

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Dive into diverse careers with nova's political science specialization

Prepare for jobs in politics, from speechwriting to campaign management, and for a wide array of other careers with NOVA's political science specialization program.


Associate Degree in Social Sciences: Political Science Specialization

Learn to critically analyze power relationships in international relations and American politics with NOVA's Associate of Science (AS) in Political Science Specialization degree program. You'll learn to appreciate the importance of civic engagements at all levels of governance. NOVA's political science associate degree program is ideal for you if your goal is to transfer to a four-year institution to complete your baccalaureate degree.

Two Years
Alexandria, Loudoun
Curriculum Details

Why Study Political Science at NOVA?

Qualified Political Science Faculty

You'll learn from NOVA's political science faculty, who have expertise in a range of political science fields, from American politics to international relations and political theory to comparative politics.

Engaging Political Science Courses

You'll take diverse and engaging classes covering a wide variety of topics. In your courses, you'll develop critical thinking and communication skills and prepare for careers in politics and more.

Affordable Political Science Programs

You'll receive an affordable political science education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships, which will help offset the cost of your political science associate degree.

Program Details

Students who graduate with an AS degree in the Political Science Specialization of Social Science will be able to critically analyze power relationships in international relations, American politics, and state and local politics. They will also appreciate the importance of civic engagement at all levels of governance. Writing college papers, researching for information in libraries and online, presenting ideas in classrooms, both orally and in writing, and working with others, whether in front of the class or in small groups, will prepare students for the continuance of their undergraduate educations and modern workplaces. Beyond that, students will be aware of the many career opportunities they can engage in with their associate's and bachelor's degrees.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in political science specialization.

Political Science Specialization Program Career Outcomes

By earning NOVA's associate degree in political science specialization, you'll be on the path to rewarding careers in a variety of fields. You'll be ready for jobs in politics, such as speed writing, campaign organization, policy or political advising - or to serve as a politician. You'll also have the critical thinking and communication skills to excel in other fields, industries, and sectors.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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