Political Science

Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Public Policy & Service
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

What is the Political Science program?

This program explores government systems, giving you an understanding of topics relating to government, law, and organizational management.

What will I learn?

You’ll study the major fields of political science: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and policy analysis. You’ll also study Texas and Mexican American politics. From course work in these fields, you’ll learn about the American political system, globalization, terrorism, environmental policy, civil rights, U.S. foreign policy and the international system. You’ll also develop skills in critical and analytical thinking, research design and statistical analysis, leadership and oral and written communication.

What can I do with this course of study?

This program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field. Political Science majors can pursue careers in the private sector, the non-profit sector and government, such as political consultant, data analyst, social science research assistant and more.

What's special about the program?

This program offers opportunities beyond the classroom, including internships with judges, law firms, legislators, community organizations, government agencies and businesses. Study abroad programs are also available at universities in Mexico, Spain and Germany, among others. In addition, SAC hosts a Model Organization of American States that completes yearly against other college and university teams from across the country. Students can also join Model UN Society teams at local universities to participate in annual competitions. SAC and other area universities offer a Student Government Association where you can develop your leadership skills.

Degrees and Certificates
How to begin?

To begin your application for Associate of Arts with a pre-major in political science you must first fill out the Apply Texas application. You will need to select Public Service as your "First School Choice" then "Political Science pre-major" for the Major.

  1. Access the Apply Texas application click here
  2. You MUST be fully enrolled in San Antonio College. For information on enrolling for your specific student status go to http://www.alamo.edu/AlamoENROLL/
  3. Once you have completed both the Apply Texas application and San Antonio College's application and before the census date of your first semester at San Antonio College contact


What kinds of opportunities beyond the classroom are available?
  • Internships with judges, law firms, legislators, community organizations, government agencies, and business
  • There are also study abroad programs at San Antonio College and local universities in Germany, Mexico, and Spain to name a few.
What types of student clubs/organizations are available?

At San Antonio College there is Model Organization of American States that completes yearly against other college and university teams from across the country.  At area universities there are Model UN Society teams that students can join and participate in yearly competitions.  At San Antonio College and other area universities there is a Student Government Association that helps students develop their leadership skill.


What types of courses are offered at San Antonio College and area universities?
  • At San Antonio College the political science program offers
  • Federal Government
  • Texas Politics
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Mexican American Politics
  • Internships
  • At area universities students can choose form an extensive menu of courses such as
  • International Relations
  • Asian Politics
  • Middle eastern Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • National Security
  • Presidency
  • Campaigns and elections
  • State and Local government

Full-time Faculty

Michael Sanchez

Wanda-Lee Smith
Assistant Professor

Marie J. Hall


Suzanne Martinez

David McCoy

Ahmed Shagroni

For Additional Assistance: Call the call center at (210) 212-5266.


Adjunct Faculty

John Burke

Roman Delagarza

Brandy Martinez

Elder McCants

Charles Mazuca

Kathleen Simmons

Roberto Villarreal

Dane Willette


Contact Us

C. Woodward
Professor and Program Coordinator
Chance Academic Center (CAC) 217C
(210) 486-1008

Dr. Leonard Lira
CAC 238B
(210) 486-1321

Isela Argenal
Academic Unit Assistant
CAC 236
(210) 486-1313

Marcus Dlugosz
Administrative Assistant
CAC 238
(210) 486-1315