Political Science

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare the student for a seamless transfer into the California State University (CSU) system
to complete a baccalaureate degree in Political 
Science or similar major. This degree is designed to prepare students to understand and critically appraise the American political system and central issues in American politics, to evaluate topics in the key areas of 
political science, to clearly express political science concepts in scholarly writing, and to demonstrate an understanding of these ideas through their application to contemporary
political problems.


Dr. Dariush Haghighat

Dariush Haghighat (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside) has taught Political Science first as Part time at UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Mt San Antonio College and then as a Full time Faculty member since 1988 at the Riverside Community College District. Since 1992 has served as the Chairperson of the Economics, Geography and Political Science department at Riverside City College and the District Political Science Discipline Coordinator. On 2008 was elected as the district wide President for the Riverside Community College Faculty Association and was reelected to that position four additional terms. 

Was awarded the rank of Full Professorship on March 2010. Serves as the Advisor for the renowned Riverside Community College District Model United Nations.

Office: Quad 209
Telephone:  951-222-8262
Email:  Dariush.Haghighat@rcc.edu


Dr. Ward Schinke

Office:  Quad 239B
Telephone:  951-222-
Email:  Ward.Schinke@rcc.edu


Dr. Mark Sellick 

Mark Sellick (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) has taught political science at RCC since 2006. He teaches courses in American Politics, Law and Politics, and Political Theory. Prior to coming to RCC, he taught a variety of classes in political and social theory at the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University and Chapman University. His focus is political theory and his dissertation work examined the nature of the relationship between cognitive, social and interaction structures in the development of political cognition. ​

Office:  Quad 214C
Telephone:  951-328-3756