Economics, History & Political Science

The Macro-Social Sciences department consists of the disciplines in the social sciences which focus on the broader historical, economic, and political institutions, processes and trends within society.


Economics courses give students a basic understanding of how people allocate scarce resources given unlimited wants.


Courses such as Western Civilization and American History are offered as part of the social science requirements for undergraduate degrees. Furthermore, an analysis and investigation of special historical problems, issues or periods that defy proper treatment within the time limits and parameters of a general survey course are also offered.

Political Science

Political science is an academic discipline within the social sciences which examines the theory and practice of politics and provides analysis of political systems and political behavior. Political scientists stress the use of scientific methods to examine the political institutions, motivations and processes involved in governing and the making of public policy.

International Studies

Lakeland Community College offers an international studies certificate that provides students with a broad base of understanding of the many influences that affect the modern world and global economies. Subject areas include history, politics, geography, economics, religion and languages. Courses can transfer to other colleges as general education credits. Certain courses further transfer into Cleveland State University's international relations major. Students should consult with the Lakeland Counseling Center before registering for classes.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of an Association of Arts or in a macro-social sciences field may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations.  Below are examples which typically include additional degree work at a transfer institution.  Northeast Ohio median salaries in 2021 for public relations specialists was $63,330 and for economists was $104,650.  See O*Net OnLine for additional wage and employment trends as well as required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist or Librarian
  • Curator
  • History teacher
  • Writer, editor, journalist
  • Museum technician and conservator
  • Economist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Political scientist
  • Campaign worker
  • International market researcher
  • Politician
  • Business administrator
  • Human resources or public relations specialist

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Get Involved

Students interested in the macro-social sciences, transfer, or liberal arts are encouraged to get involved:

  • Student Engagement and Leadership at Lakeland offers many student organizations that may align with your interests.  Related clubs:
    • Lakeland Student Government – the representative body of the students of Lakeland.
    • International Student Club – where students socialize and learn customs, share food, and celebrate festivals and holidays.
    • Phi Theta Kappa – Lakeland's honor society that provides leadership, scholarly and social, and service opportunities.
    • Model UN/NATO – learn about international relations and policies of foreign countries and prepare for conferences that model real UN and NATO meetings.
  • Volunteering at various organizations in Lake County



Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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