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2022 Best Political Science & Government Associate Degree Schools

17 Colleges in the United States
2,265 Associate Degrees
If you plan on getting your associate degree in political science and government, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #57 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 17 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for political science and government students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,265 associate degrees in political science and government during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Political Science & Government School for Your Associate Degree

Best Political Science & Government Associate Degree Schools The political science associate degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality political science program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a associate degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of associate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their associate degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on political science and government students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of political science and government students who choose to seek a associate degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt political science and government students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized political science and government related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for political science and government students working on their associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Political Science & Government Associate Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Political Science & Government in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in political science and government.

10 Top Schools for an Associate in Political Science

#1

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA
28 Annual Graduates

College of the Canyons is one of the finest schools in the country for getting an associate degree in political science and government. Located in the suburb of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons is a public college with a very large student population.More information about a associate in political science and government from College of the Canyons

#2

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
38 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in political science and government has to check out East Los Angeles College. Located in the large suburb of Monterey Park, East Los Angeles College is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in political science and government from East Los Angeles College

14 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Napa Valley College if you want to pursue an associate degree in political science and government. Napa Valley College is a small public college located in the small city of Napa.More information about a associate in political science and government from Napa Valley College

19 Annual Graduates

Central New Mexico Community College is one of the best schools in the country for getting an associate degree in political science and government. Located in the large city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in political science and government from Central New Mexico Community College

#5

Ventura College

Ventura, CA
32 Annual Graduates

Ventura College is a fairly large public college located in the city of Ventura.More information about a associate in political science and government from Ventura College

11 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Oklahoma City, OCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in political science and government from Oklahoma City Community College

#7

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
27 Annual Graduates

SRJC is a fairly large public college located in the midsize city of Santa Rosa.More information about a associate in political science and government from Santa Rosa Junior College

#8

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia Military College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.More information about a associate in political science and government from Georgia Military College

#9

American River College

Sacramento, CA
27 Annual Graduates

American River is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Sacramento.More information about a associate in political science and government from American River College

17 Annual Graduates
$10,574 Median Student Debt

Located in the rural area of Nampa, CWI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Soon after graduation, political science associate recipients typically make around $29,300 in their early careers.

More information about a associate in political science and government from College of Western Idaho

Political Science & Government by Region

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One of 12 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Political Science & Government has other similar majors worth exploring.

Political Science Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science 2,254
American Government & Politics (United States) 11

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Social Sciences 12,328
Sociology 6,288
Economics 2,948
Anthropology 1,031
Geography & Cartography 427
Criminology 224
Other Social Sciences 137
International Relations & National Security 54
Urban Studies 19
Archeology 7

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UKWiki at English Wikipedia. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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