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What will I learn?

Do you have concerns about what motivates our public officials and how their decisions affect the average citizen? Do you have questions regarding the nature of “who gets what” as national, local and state governments decide issues of taxation, spending and constitutional matters? If so, you probably have at least a moderate interest in political science. Butler offers a variety of courses that probe the workings of the public realm. If you are concerned about what happens “inside the beltway” in Washington, D.C. and its impact on U.S. citizens, Butler offers a course in American Federal Government. If you have questions regarding decisions made in Topeka and other levels of government closer to your home, the course in State and Local Government may best suit your interests.

Every government has a political system. When you study political science at Butler, you learn how political principles affect our cities, states and countries. Learn why people vote, or don’t vote – what they think about democracy, socialism, republicanism or communism. By studying politics, you unearth what makes people tick – how they fit in and act within their civic, cultural and economic structures.

When you grasp an understanding of political systems, you learn analytic skills that will help you in your pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

After Butler

Associate degrees are designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college. After finishing a bachelor’s degree, career opportunities include high school social studies teacher, higher education political science professor, elected official, political consultant/advisor, government employee, or legal assistant. Political Science degrees also prepare students for careers in law.

Which department am I in?

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (63-70 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$5,328.00 per year
USD $222 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

Butler Community College

El Dorado Campus,

901 South Haverhill Road,

EL DORADO,

Kansas,

67042, United States

Full Time (63-70 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$5,328.00 per year
USD $222 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

Andover Campus

715 E. 13th Street,

ANDOVER,

Kansas,

67002, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International students must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (12 years of education).

For international students

International students must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (12 years of education). If English is not an official language of your country or your English grade is below a “C” average, you will need to submit a document to meet our English proficiency requirement. This can be done through one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 500 or above on the written test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet test is required. The TOEFL institutional code for Butler is 6191.
  • Completion of the Advanced II level or higher at Wichita State University’s Intensive English Language Center. Students must have grades of C or better in all classes.
  • Academic credit of 12 hours or more from a U.S college or university or one year from a U.S. high school with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • The IELTS International English Language Testing System test is also acceptable as an alternative to TOEFL. An overall score of 5.0 is required for admission.
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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