Political Science: AA-T Degree

This Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T) degree option provides a comprehensive foundation in Political Science in preparation for transfer to baccalaureate programs in the California State University (CSU) system in Political Science. To fulfill the requirements for this degree, students will complete the required and elective courses in the area of emphasis and the appropriate general education pattern (either CSU GE or IGETC) totaling 60 semester CSU-transferrable units.

Career Opportunities

A degree in political science can lead to careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the fundamentals of specific political systems.
  2. Understand and explain the foundations of specific government structures: the organization, powers, procedures, and patterns.
  3. Evaluate and assess the ideas, interests, and institutions of specific political systems.
Degree Requirements 
Required Core Courses (3 units)
POLI-120Introduction to the Principles Of American Government3
Required Electives: List A (9 units)
Complete 3 courses from the following:9
Introduction to Modern Political Ideology
Comparative Government
International Relations
Required Electives: List B (6 units)
Complete 2 courses form the following:6
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
United States History 1
United States History 2
International Relations
International Political Economy
Introduction to Sociology
Total Units18

To receive an Associate Degree for Transfer, students must complete 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.