Political Science

The Department of Political Science is committed to the liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and a pluralistic and diverse curriculum. Students will not only graduate with a solid understanding of the theories, practices and institutions of politics but with a basic preparation to be astute political observers and informed political actors.

A major in Political Science involves the study of government at all stages of development, the process by which political decisions are made, and the various interests, institutions, and ideas that affect government behavior. The specific subfields of the discipline offered here at Napa Valley College include American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, and political theory.

Career Opportunities

A political science major helps students prepare for careers in government, social and political organizations, journalism, international relations, business, and education, and for graduate study or law school.

Contact Information


Social Sciences
Building 1000, Office 1031V
Phone: (707) 256-7726


Robert Van Der Velde
Senior Dean, Arts and Sciences
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Robert.Vandervelde@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7768

Program Coordinator

John Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: John.Anderson@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7733