Academic Catalog

Political Science, AA-T

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for political science majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs. This degree may also provide excellent preparation for other majors.

Political Science as a social science is mainly concerned with the systematic analysis of governmental institutions and processes and the development of power. It fully analyzes the political behavior of human beings. Specific areas of specialization within the major include the international arena, comparative government, political theory, political economy, public administration, political parties and elections, constitutional law and regional political studies.

Learn more about the program on the Political Science website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical, analytical, research and writing skills in political science and its sub-fields using basic scientific tools underlying modern social science.
  • Students will be able to analyze the major theoretical formulations and concepts of political science and its sub-fields and the philosophical basis of those formulations.

Units Required

  • Major: 27-29

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (26-29 units2, of which 19-20 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
POLI 1POLITICAL SCIENCE: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS5
Support Courses
List A
Complete three courses from List A:13-14
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
HONORS COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY/POLITICAL THEORY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY/POLITICAL THEORY
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
HONORS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
List B
And complete one course each from two sections of the four List B sections, below:8-10
Section #1
Any course not used from List A
Section #2
CALIFORNIA POLITICS & GOVERNMENT
POLITICAL ECONOMY
HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
POLITICAL ECONOMY
HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
Section #3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
BUSINESS LAW I
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Section #4
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 800 CE
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: 700-1800
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
HONORS HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1815
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1812 TO 1914
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE
SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME
LAW & SOCIETY
MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEMS
RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS
WOMEN IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Total Units26-29