Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Social Sciences

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.

Programs Outcomes

  • 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 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) **
POLS 005Federal, State and Local Government *3
POLS 006Comparative Politics *3
POLS 008International Relations3
POLS 011Political Theory and Thought3
SSCI 025Statistics - Social Sciences *4
Select one of the following courses:
POLS 012Introduction to Political Science3
ECON 040Principles of Microeconomics3
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 010Cultural Anthropology3
SSCI 050Law and Democracy3
SOC 002Social Problems3
HIST 005Western Civilization Since 16483
HIST 004History of Western Civilization to 16483
GEOG 002World Regional Geography3
ETHN 001Black American Studies3
ETHN 002American Indian Studies3
ETHN 003Chicana and Chicano Studies3
ETHN 004Asian American Studies3
ETHN 005Ethnic Origins of Whiteness3
ETHN 010Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Social Justice Studies3

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.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average and a “C” or better grade in all required major and restricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).