Political Science, Associate in Arts for Transfer

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in political science.

Politics has an impact on everybody's lives, and as citizens and voters students should be informed about political issues and choices. Majors in political science learn to think critically, express their opinions in a thoughtful manner, analyze political events, evaluate political ideologies and make informed decisions on how to participate in political processes. The goal for study as a political science major is to maximize students' capacity to analyze and interpret the dynamics of political events and governmental processes and their significance. Training in political science courses should equip students with analytical skills including (1) the ability to recognize and understand the use of theory, analytic frames and models and their use to interpret and understand political phenomena; (2) the ability to recognize the importance of and to weigh the worth of evidence marshaled to support or oppose an argument; and (3) the ability coherently to systematize and accumulate political information and knowledge and to use this stock of knowledge to better understand the political world. With these skills, and the ability to read and think critically, to write effectively and express themselves clearly, students can undertake a variety of careers. Students with a political science major enter careers in business, law, teaching, in government, and in policy-related fields.

The political science major complements a student's liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of government and politics. The major is structured to provide students with a background in the basic fields of political science, as well as to permit them a range of choice in completing the program. The proposed transfer degree in political science contains core courses that cover the following areas: American Government and Institutions (POLSC 1), International Relations (POLSC 5), Comparative Politics (POLSC 2), and Political Theory (POLSC 3). Taking these courses will equip students well who wish to transfer to a CSU institution as political science majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze world politics and diplomacy in the international system.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary comparative systems and governments.
  3. Identify the institutions, players and processes in American national and state governments
  4. Assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability.
  5. Recognize, describe and analyze the significant and usually direct influence of social, economic and cultural factors on political behavior, beliefs, and institutions
  6. Examine and apply theories, concepts, and practices in political theory.
  7. Identify and employ the pertinent vocabulary of political discourse and political science

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major or area of emphasis to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of both major/area of emphasis and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core Requirements

Complete 12 units

POLSC 001

American Government and Institutions

3

POLSC 002

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

POLSC 003

Introduction to Political Theory

3

POLSC 005

International Relations

3

Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Complete 6 units selected from:

BUS 008

Introduction to the American Legal System

3

ECON 001A

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

HIST 002A

World History to 1600

3

HIST 002B

World History Since 1600

3

PSYCH 001

Introduction to Psychology

3

SOCIO 001A

Introduction to Sociology

3

Minimum Major Units Required: 18

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60