Government at Brookhaven

​​​Taking government classes at Brookhaven is an affordable way to get started on a path to a brighter future. Whether you’re taking classes to transfer to a f​our-year college or university, or for personal enrichment, our curriculum will give you the foundational skills you need.


The mission of our department is to prepare students for the common tasks of citizenship. Democracy requires an involved citizenry, which in turn demands that citizens understand the fundamentals of their political system. For citizens of the United States, this includes familiarity with the institutions and processes of government at all levels. Our core courses, U.S. Government and Texas Government I and II, will prepare you to be an involved citizen. Take a broader view of the field with Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Comparative Politics or Mexican-American Politics. 

Special Programs

Two special learning opportunities enhance our government and political science classes.

  • The Institute for Political Studies (IPS) hosts events that bring topic experts to campus to share their knowledge with our community.
  • The Service Learning and Civic Engagement office provides students a chance to gain practical experience through several community partners. Most notably, students are able to work on a political campaign and truly see "democracy in action."

Career Opportunities in Political Science

  • Government agency work
  • Elected office
  • Lawyer or other legal work
  • Nonprofit organization work
  • Political campaigning
  • Teaching