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Political Science

Associate in 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 must complete the following ADT requirements: 1. 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units 2. the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 3. a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. 4. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. 5. earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Major Core Requirements (3 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
POLI001American Government3 units
POLI001HHonors American Government3 units

Major Electives List A: Select three (9-10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
POLI002Comparative Governments3 units
POLI004International Relations3 units
Only one:

Introduction to Political Science
Honors Introduction to Political Science

3 units
3 units
Only one:

Elementary Statistics
Honors Elementary Statistics

4 units
4 units

Major Electives List B (or any List A course not already used): Select two (6-8 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ADMJ001Introduction to Administration of Justice3 units
ANTH002Introduction to Archaeology3 units
Only one:

Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors Principles of Macroeconomics

4 units
4 units
Only one:

Principles of Microeconomics
Honors Principles of Microeconomics

4 units
4 units
GEOG002Introduction to Cultural Geography3 units
GEOG006World Regional Geography3 units
HIST012African American History3 units
HIST014History of the Native North Americans3 units
HIST016Mexican-American History3 units
HIST017AUnited States History3 units
Only one:

United States History
Honors United States History

3 units
3 units
PSYC001General Psychology3 units
SOCI001Introduction to Sociology3 units
SOCI002Social Problems3 units
SOCI020Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3 units
SOCI028Sociology of Gender3 units
SOCI045Sociology of Human Sexuality3 units
WGQS001Introduction to Women's Studies4 units

Total Major Units: 18-21 units

CSU transferable electives courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Explain the ideas of the great political thinkers and how those ideas apply to our democracy and to our world today.
  • Describe the structure and functions of American government.
  • 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.
Last Updated 7/19/23