Program Description

 The Merced College Department of Political Science is designed to help introduce students in developing knowledge, analytical skills and critical insights into the nature of politics, political problems, political systems and power relationships in the United States and around the world. 

See Course Descriptions for Political Science

Goal of the Political Science Department

The goal of the department is to prepare students for active engagement in political life, whether as informed citizens or in preparation for further study at the upper division level. The department seeks to acquaint students with the dynamics of the political system, functions of government and various institutions which impact political decision- making and the polity. 

Career Opportunities

The study of political science prepares students for many fields, including law, journalism, social work, government service, business and teaching.

Political Science Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Dean Caivano, PhD Professor of History / Political Science IAC-A-215
(209) 384-6350
Jennifer Gardner Professor of History / Political Science
Los Banos
(209) 386-6721
Richard Randall Professor of Political Science IAC-217 
(209) 384-6074
Part-Time Political Science Faculty