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Political Science 

Political Science is the scientific study of politics, structure of governments at the national, state and local levels, policy making and policy makers. As such, it encompasses a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects, including economics, history, law, and philosophy. One major concern of political science is educating each generation of how democracy works, what are its benefits relative to other governmental systems. Lacking such knowledge can threaten our very existence since democracy is dependent upon a well-informed and civic-minded citizenry. This degree is an excellent general preparation for careers in conflict resolution, criminal justice, diplomacy, civil service, education, elections, journalism, the practice of law, public administration and public policy, public service, and research.
The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer, also called the Political Science AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Political Science. Students earning the Political Science AA-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a Political Science major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-19 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
Advisor: Sara Butler
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses: 12-13 Units
PS 1 Introduction To Government 3
​SOC 3​ ​Fundamentals Of Statistics ​3
​or MATH 14​ Statistical Methods ​ (4)​
List A - Select two courses from the following: 6 Units​​ ​ ​ ​
​PS ​2 ​Intro To Comparative Governments ​3
​PS 3​ ​Intro To Political Theory ​3
​PS ​4 ​Intro To International Relations ​3
List B - Select two courses from the following: 6 Units​ ​ ​ ​
​ANTH 2​ ​Cultural Anthropology ​3
​ECON 1​ ​Principles Of Macroeconomics ​3
​GEOG 2​ ​Cultural Geography ​3
​HIST 17​ ​US History Through Reconstruction ​3
​HIST 18​ ​US History/Reconstruction To Present ​3
​PS ​5 ​The American Presidency ​3
​PSY 1​ ​General Psychology ​3
​SOC 1​ ​Introductory Sociology 3​
  Required Subtotal 18-19
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)  
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.

2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog.