Government and legal studies | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio
Justice studies

Government and legal studies

The government and legal studies degree is specially designed to prepare you for work in the state, county or local government arena. This unique curriculum provides you with essential skills and knowledge to hold successful entry-level positions in a wide variety of government offices.

Working for and with the public is a rewarding career with significant opportunities for advancement. Government positions are highly sought after in the State of Ohio due to excellent employment benefits and generous retirement packages.

This one-of-a-kind program will culminate in an intensive internship experience in your home city or county government offices.

Work in many areas, including
(may include, but not limited to):

  • civil service, including positions in government offices, such as the board of elections, county and municipal courts, the local health department, the county housing department, auditor’s office or the zoning department.

Prepare for a career as a
(may include, but not limited to):

  • state or local government employee
  • Associate of applied science in government and legal studies

Program learning outcomes

  • Understand the ethical and professional responsibilities of employees in the government and legal arenas
  • Understand and apply knowledge of government structure and responsibilities in a practical setting.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, in a government or legal agency or office.

Employment statistics or future

The national job projections for state and local government jobs will increase by 3-5 percent through 2024. In addition, workers in office and administrative support positions overall show a 10 percent increase in jobs during the current decade, including law-related positions.


Median income statistics

Nationally, the median annual salary for office and administrative support workers is $32,520.* According to the Canton City Clerk of Courts, workers locally currently receive 13-$20 per hour.

*US BLS, 2014

Join student organizations

  • Criminal justice student association
  • Student government association
  • Student ambassadors program


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