Political Science

Mission Statement


As political scientist Harold Lasswell said, politics is a process where people decide who gets what, when and how. It involves conflict resolution, ways of distributing scarce resources, and methods of governance. Political scientists, then, study how and why people engage in these political processes. They do so by dividing Political Science into several sub-fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Research Methods.  Comparative Politics deals with internal politics of countries other than the United States; International Relations analyzes relationships among countries with a focus on the issues of war, peace and international economics; Political Theorists seek to understand what makes a good society and the Research Methods area is working on perfecting the tools political scientists use to understand political phenomena.

In his book "Things That Matter," conservative writer Charles Krauthammer says that politics is the thing that matters most, because it determines everything else important to people. It decides, among other things, who goes to war and why, what kind of healthcare we have and how well children in a society are educated. So studying politics is crucial to understanding why we live the way we do, and why our societies are the way they are, so that we can understand how to make our lives and societies better. In addition, GRCC political science classes include learning how to write strong, evidence-based papers, effectively use various research tools, present complex materials to an audience, and communicate in a rational and well-reasoned manner, which all are highly-valued skills many employers seek.