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Political Science

Political Science

Political Science is the study of politics. Politics has been defined in a variety of ways, including "the art of the possible," "who gets what, when, and how," and "the competition among individuals and groups over the allocation of values or rewards."

Why Take Political Science?
After you finish your A.A., you may wish to go on in your education and major in political science. With a B.A. in political science, a student can teach at the secondary level, pursue a graduate degree, or choose from a variety of careers, such as campaign assistant, lobbyist, or politician.

The popularity of political science among Oakton students is due to its usefulness as preparation for political science majors, and reflects the intrinsic interest of the discipline. We regularly offer a wide variety of transferable introductory and advanced courses.

We invite you to visit with Dr. Erick Mann, chair of Historical and Policy Studies, who would be happy to discuss the political science program. He can be reached at 847.376.7031, or



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In spite of having a bachelor’s degree, Anita Taylor ’86 wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She found her niche at Oakton.



November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
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January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

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