Political Science

In our Political Science courses, you will learn the fundamentals of politics and and develop basic knowledge on issues such as power, the varieties of democratic and non-democratic government, the nation-state and emerging forms of governance and the diversity of forms of political behavior—from democratic participation to revolutionary violence.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in liberal arts and sciences allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in political science without loss of credit or time. 

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences


Introduction to Comparative Politics
3 Credits

Prerequisite: 3 credit hours in any history or political science course. A survey of the structure and functioning of the governments is presented. Such contemporary nation states as Russia, Great Britain, France, and Germany are analyzed. A brief history of each government is included.

Introduction to International Relations
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the present nation state system with an analysis of the political, social and economic pressures that produce international tensions and crises. Consideration of the traditional balance of power approach to world peace will be contrasted to the regional and global organizations that have appeared since World War II.

American Government
3 Credits

Students are acquainted with the organization, structure, and functions of the American national government and of the American political parties. Attention is paid to the Constitution, the congress, the courts and the presidency and administration.

State and Local Government
3 Credits

The structure and functions of the various state and local governments in the United States are studied. Special emphasis is placed on the state government in Connecticut and on the various types of local government in the state.

Practicum in Government I & II
6 Credits

Prerequisite: At least 15 credit hours of college work and a 2.6 average, plus a “B” grade in either ENG*H101 or BBG*H210. Practical experience as a staff assistant to a member or committee of the Connecticut General Assembly or to a municipal government executive or agency is provided. At least 200 hours of practical work plus a biweekly seminar meeting of all student interns of NVCC are required. A 10-15 page term paper report will also be required at the end of the semester.