Department of Political Economy
Grossmont College houses Political Science and Economics programs in the Department of Political Economy. Political Science
and Economics share a common concern about human action and its consequences. Both disciplines use statistical methods, formal
modeling, rational choice theory, insights into human psychology, the study of institutions, comparative frameworks, historical
methods, and philosophical and ethical reflection to understand how power impacts the use of scarce resources. The degrees are
excellent preparation for those seeking employment in the public or private sectors and will facilitate the development of
important analytical, emotional, and communication skill sets.
Careers in Economics and Political Science
Having a general knowledge of politics and economics can be very useful in whatever career you eventually choose. Also, a
bachelors degree or higher can be a requirement for many lucrative job opportunities. Below is listed several professional
organizations where you can learn more about opportunities for further education and the careers associated with that further
education. Feel free to stop by the department and talk about your future plans with any member of department. We are
happy to help since we have a broad range of experiences in education, business, and the government.
If you are interested in the some aggregate statistics on salary outcome for different bachelor degree programs, the Georgetown
Center on Education and the Workforce has compiled information on this topic. The income outcomes for political science and
economics majors are among some of the strongest earning outcomes for social science majors.
Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
Finally, it is important to remember that
technical skills and knowledge are only a piece of the puzzle
leading to employment.
This article from Forbes magazine is a useful reference point to
think about how you can best position yourself in the job market.
Emotional Intelligence and Career Success