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.
Minimum Units Required: 60
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
Courses Within the Major
Complete 18 units within the major. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Required Core - 3 units
Area A - Complete 9 units
Area A - Complete 6 units selected from:
Complete elective coursework to achieve the minimum 60-unit requirement.