Political Science

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Program Overview

The political science program provides quality general education opportunities, which enhance student learning by developing critical thinking skills and increasing student understanding of the institutions and policies of American government, the importance of ethics in political systems, as well as the role of citizenship in the democratic process. 

The courses meet AHC, CSU and UC requirements. See specific course descriptions for details. 

Office Location

Building C, Santa Maria Campus
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3334
Fax 805.347.8715 


Fall & Spring:
Mon-Thurs, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mon-Thurs, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, closed 

Hours subject to change 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Gary Bierly (ext. 3517) gbierly@hancockcollege.edu
Department secretary: Cyndi Wheeler (ext. 3334) cwheeler@hancockcollege.edu 

Full Time Faculty:

Jessica Scarffe, Associate Professor
Email: jscarffe@hancockcollege.edu
Office: C-208 
Tel. 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3445

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