Political Science, AA-T

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree A0345

Political Science introduces students to political science theories and methodologies used in the scientific study of political institutions and behavior. The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree will provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to identify research and statistical methods appropriate to political science, to compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in political science, and synthesize the analysis of institutions and individuals. The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree is designed to assist students in seamlessly transferring to a CSU major in Political Science.

To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Core Courses
POLI 1Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
or POLI 1H Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
List A
Choose three courses from the following:9-10
Elementary Statistics
Elementary Statistics - Honors
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Comparative Politics
Political Theory I - Ancient to Contemporary
Introduction to International Relations
List B
Choose two courses from the following or any course not selected in List A:6
Principles of Cultural Anthropology
General Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
Human Geography
Human Geography - Honors
World Regional Geography
Geography of California
Geography of California - Honors
History of the United States
World History: Early Modern to the Present
World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
History of the United States from 1865
History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary
Environmental Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
African American Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Sociology
Sociology - Honors
Total Units for Major18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60
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Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a recommended sequence of study for achieving the AA-T in Political Science Degree. This pathway assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15, or you have placed into English other than English 1A, and/or not completed Math 71,  please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
POLI 1 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units12
Intersession 1
PHIL 3 Introduction to Logic or PHIL 9 (or any AREA 3A Critical Thinking General Education course) 3
TRNS ELEC Transfer Course 3
 Units6
Semester 2
POLI 2 Comparative Politics 3
MATH 110 Elementary Statistics 3
HIST 1 History of the United States 3
Recommended AREA E Lifelong Learning General Education Course here 1 3
 Units12
Intersession 2
BIOL 6 Humans and the Environment 3
TRNS ELEC Transfer Course 3
 Units6
Second Year
Semester 1
POLI 5 Political Theory I - Ancient to Contemporary 3
GEOG 2 Human Geography 3
Recommended AREA C2 Foreign Language General Education course here (if transferring to CSU) 1 4
Recommended AREA C Arts and Humanities General Education course here 1 3
 Units13
Intersession 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Recommended KIN (Activity) course here 2 1
 Units5
Semester 2
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 1L Physical Geography Laboratory 1
Recommended AREA C Arts and Humanities General Education course here 1 6
Recommended AREA C1 Arts General Education course (if transferring to CSU) 1 3
 Units13
 Total Units67
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To earn and Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T, AS-T) a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC or CSU GE breadth, and a major area of emphasis of at least 18 units. Find the Area course listings here: CSU GE Course Listings; UC (IGETC) Listings

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 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

Program Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain political institutions and processes of the United States government.
  • Identify research and statistical methods appropriate to Political Science.
  • Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives in Political Science.
  • Analyze the relationships between governments globally.
  • Compare and contrast the institutions and processes of governments around the world.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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