Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Humanities
Institute: Public Service
College: NVC

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About the Program

The Government Program consists of a broad area of studies on the organization and function of political institutions at the local, state, and federal levels. However, the very nature of political institutions and processes are far more complex and far-reaching than suggested by the course descriptions because they also provide insight of ourselves and our society. As a result, we seek to provide a quality academic experience based on both scientific findings and practical solutions so that students are better prepared to transition away from the community college to either university or the workforce, while obtaining knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate, utilize and effect change in government as citizens in the community at large.

What will I learn?

Focusing on studies in government provide a multitude of benefits including skills most desired by a variety of employers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, skills required in many academic settings, and civic obligations of all citizens living in democratic republics. Such skills include but are not limited to: critical thinking, oral and written communication, investigative research, problem-solving, conversational skills, and knowledge of the organizational and procedural functions of government.

What can I do with this course of study?

Academically, an Associate of Arts degree with Government as a pre-major provides you with the skills necessary to continue your education and transfer credits to a university. Career-wise, this field of study provides students with endless possibilities... Students opting to pre-major in Government can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Federal Government
  • State and Local Government
  • International Affairs
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Law/Legal System
  • Lobbying and Interest Advocacy
  • Print and Electronic Media
  • Campaigns and Polling
  • For-Profit Organizations
  • Public Service and Elective Office
  • Teaching Graduate and Legal Studies

Exploring a Career in Political Science

What is special about this program?

Perhaps the greatest benefit the Government Program provides to all students is the ability to understand the importance of civic engagement, as well as the knowledge to be an agent of political and social change. As such, government courses are centered on student learning and community building with a variety of pedagogies, including collaborative and context-based learning along with several opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities. The end result of these experiences goes beyond a degree and employment opportunity as courses foster life-long skills of civic engagement and social responsibility.

College Learning & Democracy’s Future


Available Courses:

Course Descriptions


GOVT 2305/Federal Government



GOVT 2306/Texas Government



Faculty and Staff


Robert Marbut

Jala Nejad

Homer Guevara

Pamela Dunagan

Joan Mendoza

Deb Cardona

Jessika Stokley

Chad Mueller

Robert Williamson


Contact Us

Humanities Dept. Email:

Chad Mueller
Program Coordinator



Paul Martinez
Chair of Humanities and Government



Karina Ramirez
Admin. Specialist