Political Science

Associate Degree for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Political Science

The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree in Political Science provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a UC or 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.

Note: It is highly recommended that students consider an internship offered by a participating agency or department.

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, 2020

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)
   or HONOR 367 Introduction to Government: United States – Honors (3)
POLS 302 Comparative Politics 3
POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations 3
POLS 320 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POLS 382 Statistics for Social Science 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
POLS 311 International Political Economy (3)
POLS 312 Politics of the Middle East (3)
POLS 313 Latin America (3)
POLS 314 Modern Europe and the Unification Process (3)
POLS 315 Pacific Rim (3)
POLS 317 Global Studies: Africa (3)
POLS 318 Global Studies: Central Asia (3)
POLS 319 Global Studies: Southeast Asia (3)
POLS 324 Revolutions & Ideologies (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. (PSLO 1)
  • Compare and contrast contemporary comparative systems and governance. (PSLO 2)
  • Evaluate the relationship between the governing process and public policy. (PSLO 3)
  • Examine how citizen and interest group participation influence political systems. (PSLO 4)
  • Analyze the role of culture and its influence on politics. (PSLO 5)
  • Assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability. (PSLO 6)
  • Analyze politics and diplomacy in the international system. (PSLO 7)
  • Apply basic research methods to political science. (PSLO 8)
  • 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. (PSLO 9)
  • Compare and contrast various theories of justice and the just state. (PSLO 10)
  • Evaluate various theories of the purpose of government and apply to a critical analysis of current political events. (PSLO 11)

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.