Political Science

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Political Science

The Associate in Arts degree in Political Science for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of Political Science. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

The Associate in Arts degree in Political Science for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts degree in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3) 3
   or POLS 481 Introduction to Government: United States - Honors (3)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign (3)
POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations (3)
POLS 320 Introduction to Political Theory (3)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
IS 310 Peace and Conflict (3)
IS 312 Current Global Development Issues (3)
POLS 304 Introduction to Government: California (3)
POLS 330 Constitutional Rights (3)
POLS 342 Women and Politics from a Global Perspective (3)
Total Units: 18

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the fundamentals of political science and governance.
  • compare and contrast contemporary comparative systems and governance.
  • evaluate the relationship between the governing process and public policy.
  • examine how citizen and interest group participation influence political systems.
  • analyze the role of culture and its influence on politics.
  • assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability.
  • analyze politics and diplomacy in the international system.
  • apply basic research methods to political science.
  • analyze political and public policy making processes, and relate these to current issues and problems, for evaluating political events and their role in the political system.
  • compare and contrast various theories of justice and the just state.
  • evaluate various theories of the purpose of government and apply to a critical analysis of current political events.

Career Information

Career opportunities in political science include, but are not limited to, advocate/organizer, campaign worker, diplomat, educator/teacher, events planner, foreign affairs specialist, lawyer, legislative aide (state and federal), lobbyist, political consultant, and public relations specialist.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Political Science

This degree provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of political science. It stresses the systematic study of politics, political institutions and governmental processes, state and local government, public policy, foreign policy, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3) 3
or POLS 481 Introduction to Government: United States - Honors (3)
POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign 3
POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations (3) 3
   or POLS 480 Introduction to International Relations - Honors (3)
POLS 320 Introduction to Political Theory 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
HIST 483 History of the United States - Honors (3)
   or HIST 310 History of the United States (3)
HIST 484 History of the United States - Honors (3)
   or HIST 311 History of the United States (3)
IS 301 Introduction to Global Studies (3)
IS 302 Issues in Global Studies (3)
POLS 304 Introduction to Government: California (3)
POLS 330 Constitutional Rights (3)
POLS 342 Women and Politics from a Global Perspective (3)
Total Units: 18

The Political Science Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the fundamentals of political science and governance.
  • compare and contrast contemporary comparative systems and governance.
  • evaluate the relationship between the governing process and public policy.
  • examine how citizen and interest group participation influence political systems.
  • analyze the role of culture and its influence on politics.
  • assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability.
  • analyze politics and diplomacy in the international system.
  • apply basic research methods to political science.
  • analyze political and public policy making processes, and relate these to current issues and problems, for evaluating political events and their role in the political system.
  • compare and contrast various theories of justice and the just state.
  • evaluate various theories of the purpose of government and apply to a critical analysis of current political events.

Career Information

This degree is designed to facilitate successful transfer to four-year institutions. Career opportunities in political science include, but are not limited to, advocate/organizer, campaign worker, diplomat, educator/teacher, events planner, foreign affairs specialist, lawyer, legislative aide (state and federal), lobbyist, political consultant, and public relations specialist.