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About our Liberal Studies Associate
Degree: Political Science Focus

When the presidential debates are on TV, you’re there, watching every expression, parsing each and every phrase. Your Twitter feed includes NY Times, NBC News, Washington Post and more – you want to stay on top of every twist and turn in the splendid game of politics. But you also understand that “all politics is local,” and chances are you know who said that, too. If you don’t, you can learn it by getting an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Political Science.

The program is designed to provide a foundation of study that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is built on general education classes, supplemented with history and political science courses, other social sciences and introductory foreign language study. Our program also offers internships with U.S. senators, U.S. House representatives, political parties and political nonprofits.  This concentration is excellent preparation for a major in political science at the baccalaureate level, which could lead to a career in law, teaching, government, public relations, nonprofits and many other areas.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Campaign Manager
  • College Professor
  • Communications Director
  • Consultant
  • District Attorney
  • High School Teacher
  • Judge
  • Legislative Aide
  • Legislative Attorney
  • Political Organizer
  • Press Secretary
  • State Legislator

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or admissions@smccME.edu 

Department Chair: Eben Miller, 207-741-5683 or emiller@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


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