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Online Political Science Associate Degrees

In an online associate's degree program in political science, you'll study government and political systems. Learn about how these programs work, courses in this field, and continuing education.

What Will I Learn Through an Online Associate's Degree in Political Science?

Through an associate's degree in political science, you will learn about many aspects of government, including how governments form diplomatic ties and how politicians build relationships with voters. Other courses cover the basics of the United States government, including the voting system and information about how decisions are made at local, state and federal levels of government. You'll learn about foreign political systems and may also study how foreign nations view the American political system. Some topics of study could include:

  • Making laws and policies
  • Judicial, legislative and executive branches of U.S. government
  • The Constitution
  • International political theories
  • Global issues in politics

Common Courses Laws and policies, branches of U.S. government, international politics
Online Learning Coursework delivered using an online educational platform, but some programs may offer the option to complete an internship or practical experience
Continuing Education Some programs have transfer agreements with 4-year schools; a bachelor's degree is necessary for most political occupations
Median Salary (2019)* $50,876 (for political researchers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)**23% (for market research analysts)

Source: *Payscale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do Online Programs Work?

To deliver coursework online, some programs use Blackboard, an online educational application that allows students to access assignments and interact with classmates. You may have the opportunity to develop hands-on practical experience by helping with campaigns or raising support for a candidate as part of an internship or for course credit. These hands-on program components may not be available for online completion.

How Can I Use This Degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most political jobs require at least a bachelor's degree (www.bls.gov). With the associate's degree, you can apply to political science bachelor's programs at colleges and universities across the United States. In some cases, the school from which you earn your associate's degree will have an articulation agreement with local colleges and universities, allowing you to transfer a significant number, if not all, of your associate's degree credits to a bachelor's degree.