Political Science

Political Science AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree is designed to provide students a seamless transfer to the California State University system.  The degree is designed to prepare students for a baccalaureate degree in Political Science or similar major.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science is designed to provide the transfer student with the opportunity to take lower division courses that could be applied to a political science major at a four year university. Politics is the struggle of who gets what, when and how. A broad spectrum of groups fight for their interests locally, nationally or globally. Political Science looks at the interaction between the individual or group and the government such as local and state governments creating a budget to national governments combating terrorism abroad.

The student who majors in Political Science will become more aware of current events and how those events impact their daily lives. As a Political Science major students may become more politically active and more civic responsible. An AA-T in Political Science would be a stepping stone to many other career fields such as teaching, law, local, state and federal government work and group advocacy.

Program student learning outcomes:

  1.  Students will research and write papers or essays without bias
  2. Students will explain what is the purpose of government.
  3. Students will show an understanding of how governments interact with each other.
  4. Students will identify between the different ideologies within the United States and around the world.
  5. Students will identify the different types of governments around the world.
  6. Students will identify the institutions that control policy within a given country.

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify for an Associates for Transfer Degree (ADT):

  • Complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU), including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth Requirements
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of the IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth

This program has 50 percent or more of the major courses available via distance education/online

Course # Title Units
Required Core Courses (3 Units)
POLSCI 001 American Government 3
Plus 9 units from the courses listed below:
POLSCI 002 Comparative Government 3
POLSCI 004 Introduction to International Relations 3
POLSCI 005 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POLSCI 010 Modern Politics 3
MATH 025 Introduction to Statistics 4
Plus 6 units from the courses listed below:
Any courses not selected above, any CSU transferable political science courses, and/or other courses that are articulated as lower division preparation for the political science major at a CSU, or any CSU transferable introductory course in the social sciences.
AOJ 001 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AOJ 029 Criminology 3
CD 005 Child Development 3
ECON 001A Macroeconomics 3
ECON 001B Microeconomics 3
GEOG 002 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 003 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 018 Geography of California 3
HIST 004A Western Civilization to 1700 3
HIST 004B Western Civilization From 1700 3
HIST 017A History of the United States 1492-1877 3
HIST 017B History of the United States 1865-PRESENT 3
POLSCI 020 Legal and Judicial Reasoning 3
PSYCH 001 Introductory Psychology 3
PSYCH 002 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYCH 003 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYCH 005 Biological Psychology 3
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 002 Critical Thinking and Social Problems 3
SOC 003 Marriage and Family Relations 3
SW 020 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3
Total Major Units 18-19
Units to be double-counted as General Education 6-18
CSU GE Bredth or IGETC Units 39
Transferable Elective Units 8-21
Total  60