Political Science Degrees

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree (AA-T in Political Science) is a 60 unit program which is designed to provide lower division education to students planning to transfer to a CSU institution in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Government. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree (AA-T in Political Science) will be able to describe the structure and functions of American government; explain the ideas of the great political thinkers and how those ideas apply to our democracy and to our world today; identify the institutions, players and processes in American national and state governments; analyze the exercise of power in governmental institutions; analyze how public policy is formulated, legislated, implemented and evaluated within our democratic framework; compare the U.S. political system to others in the world; and describe the political relations among nations and the transnational relations practiced by people, organizations, and institutions across national boundaries.

Students must complete the following ADT requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
POLI 1/H American Government or Honors 3 units

List A: Select three courses from below (9-10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
POLI 2 Comparative Governments 3 units
POLI 3/H Introduction to Political Science or Honors 3 units
POLI 4 International Relations 3 units
MATH 10/H Elementary Statistics or Honors 4 units

List B: Select two from below (6-7 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ADMJ 1 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 units
ANTH 2 Introduction to Archaeology 3 units
ECON 1A/H Principles of Macroeconomics or Honors 3 units
ECON 1B/H Principles of Microeconomics or Honors  3 units
GEOG 2 Intro Cultural Geography 3 units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
WGQS 1 Introduction to Women’s Studies 4 units

Major Requirements: 18-20 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

Associate of Arts Degree

After completing an A.A. degree for transfer in Political Science, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and functions of American government
  • Explain the ideas of the great political thinkers and how those ideas apply to our democracy and to our world today
  • Identify the institutions, players and processes in American national and state governments
  • Analyze the exercise of power in governmental institutions; analyze how public policy is formulated, legislated, implemented and evaluated within our democratic framework;
  • Compare the U.S. political system to others in the world.
  • Describe the political relations among nations and the transnational relations practiced by people, organizations, and institutions across national boundaries.

Required Core Courses (12 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
POLI 1 American Government 3 units
POLI 2 Comparative Governments 3 units
POLI 3 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
POLI 4 International Relations 3 units

Elective Courses (8 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 2 Introduction to Archaeology 3 units
ANTH 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 3 units
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
GEOG 1 Intro Physical Geography 3 units
GEOG 2 Intro Cultural Geography 3 units
History Any History Course 3 units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 2 Experimental Psychophysiology 3 units
PSYC 7 Physiological Psychology 3 units
PSYC 9 Psychology of Women: a Multicultural Perspective 3 units
PSYC 12 Human Growth and Development 3 units
PSYC 25 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOCI 2 Social Problems 3 units
SOCI 20 American Race Relations 3 units
SOCI 40 Marriage and Family 3 units
SOCI 45 Sociology of Human Sexuality 3 units

Total Major Units: 20 units

Last Updated 12/9/19