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Political Science A.A.

Associate of Arts

About This Degree

Program Number


Estimated Program Length

2 Years


Vincennes Campus



Course Catalog


Political scientists investigate the ways political power is gained and used. Vincennes University political science majors study a wide range of subjects to ensure that they are recruited by business as well as the public sector. Political science is a great academic background for law, public relations, teaching, or government employment.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vincennes University Political Science Department is to help students develop a conscious understanding of the complex and various political forces that shape their lives and be prepared for transfer to four-year institutions. Students will develop this understanding through the writing of papers critically examining issues relevant to the study of political science, participating in classroom discussions, and completion of objective tests.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the prominent government philosophies of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

  • Describe functions of United States government at the local, state, and national levels

  • Apply principles of constitutional theory and practice to current and historical issues and policies.

  • Analyze issues and policies at the local, state and national levels.

  • Evaluate modern political systems

What You Will Study

As a political science major at VU, you will:

  • Study public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology.

  • Analyze the structure and operation of government as well as informal political units.

  • Conduct a public opinion survey or analyze election results, depending on the topic you're covering.

On other occasions, students have helped draw up voting boundaries for city precincts (approved in court review) and even planned their own model communities.

The VU Advantage

  • Free tutorial assistance
  • Self-paced learning modules
  • Review materials for tests
  • Audio and video tapes
  • A computer lab

We Want You To Succeed

All this personal attention is designed with one goal in mind - your academic success when you transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree.


Kristal Shick, Department Chair Economics/History/Political Science/Public Administration

Gretchen Keller, Professor of History and Political Science

Kirk Abendroth, Professor of History and Political Science


Career Outcomes

Occupational Handbook (Political Scientists and Similar Occupations)

What Our Students Say

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“I obtained my Associates in History from Vincennes University. While my time at VU was short, it has positively impacted my life and career goals. When I began I was leaning towards becoming a history teacher but quickly decided against it. It was my advisor who suggested I take more political science classes due to my positive experiences in my previous classes. She could see what I couldn’t, my love for not only politics, but the science behind it. Furthermore, she suggested I apply for an internship program in Washington, D.C. With her help and a couple letters of recommendation from other professors in the history and political science department, I was chosen. Had it not been for my amazing professors and advisor in the history and political science department at VU, I never would have been able to spend 4 months in Washington, D.C. I met ambassadors, state and federal legislators, and CEOs of major companies among others. I even got to witness a presidential election firsthand. Yes, I obtained my Associates in History from Vincennes University but that was just the start. I found my purpose because of the dedication the professors, advisors, and other staff showed me, both in and out of the classroom. For all of these reasons, I am forever grateful.” Robin Graber

Robin Graber