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Humanities and Social Sciences Division
 

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.

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  • Political Science, AA-T

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
     

    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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    POLI 1Introduction to American Government and Politics3
    or POLI 1H Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
    List A
    Choose three courses from the following:9-10
    MATH 110
    Elementary Statistics
    or MATH 110H
    Elementary Statistics - Honors
    or PSYC 10
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    POLI 2
    Comparative Politics
    POLI 5
    Political Theory I - Ancient to Contemporary
    POLI 9
    International Relations
    List B
    Choose two courses from the following or any course not selected in List A:6
    ANTH 5
    Cultural Anthropology
    BUSC 1A
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
    or BUSC 1AH
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
    GEOG 2
    Human Geography
    or GEOG 2H
    Human Geography - Honors
    GEOG 5
    World Regional Geography
    GEOG 30
    Geography of California
    or GEOG 30H
    Geography of California - Honors
    HIST 1
    History of the United States
    HIST 4
    World History: Early Modern to the Present
    or HIST 4H
    World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors
    HIST 7
    History of the United States to 1877
    or HIST 7H
    History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
    HIST 8
    History of the United States from 1865
    or HIST 8H
    History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
    POLI 7
    Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary
    POLI 10
    Environmental Politics
    POLI 25
    Latino Politics in the United States
    POLI 35
    African American Politics
    PSYC 1A
    Introduction to Psychology
    or PSYC 1AH
    Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    SOC 1
    Introduction to Sociology
    or SOC 1H
    Introduction to Sociology - Honors
    Total Units for Major18-19
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
    Total Units60

     Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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