Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T)
This degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transition to a California State University. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Political Science through the study of theories, groups and relationships, and a better understanding of how political and governmental institutions make and implement decisions and the effects those decisions have on individual, group, and societal behavior. Students will acquire skills to think critically, communicate ideas and become more informed citizens.
- Demonstrate the ability to explain and evaluate the significant factors that influence the American and other political systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge of politics by using the major analytical and theoretical framework in several subfields or political science.
- Be prepared for active citizenship and begin to develop an ongoing interest in national and global politics.
Transfer & Career Opportunities
This Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for political science for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult ASSIST.org and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: civil service, education, law (including paralegal studies), journalist, and lobbyist, among many others.
|Select one of the following General Education patterns:|
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
|REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES||16|
|POLS 005||Federal, State and Local Government *||3|
|POLS 006||Comparative Politics *||3|
|POLS 008||International Relations||3|
|POLS 011||Political Theory and Thought||3|
|SSCI 025||Statistics - Social Sciences *||4|
|RESTRICTED ELECTIVES #||3|
|Select one of the following courses:|
|POLS 012||Introduction to Political Science||3|
|ECON 040||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units. The Communication Studies Department recommends the additional units be met by completing the following lower division major preparation courses.
|ANTH 010||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|SSCI 050||Law and Democracy||3|
|SOC 002||Social Problems||3|
|HIST 005||Western Civilization Since 1648||3|
|HIST 004||History of Western Civilization to 1648||3|
|GEOG 002||World Regional Geography||3|
|ETHN 001||Black American Studies||3|
|ETHN 002||American Indian Studies||3|
|ETHN 003||Chicana and Chicano Studies||3|
|ETHN 004||Asian American Studies||3|
|ETHN 005||Ethnic Origins of Whiteness||3|
|ETHN 010||Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Social Justice Studies||3|
Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 12 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE).
12 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). IGETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.
The department recommends CSU-bound students select POLS 012 and UC-bound students select ECON 040.