Political Science, Associate in Arts Degree
Banner code: 2_AA_POLS
Financial aid: Eligible
Political science, the systematic and rigorous study of government, public policy and of the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, is becoming increasingly crucial in a complex and controversial world. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life. The goal of the Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science is to provide students with an understanding of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, ideological systems and diversity. Courses in this major are designed to introduce students to the field of political science and the primary subfields of political science and to equip students with specialized research and analytical skills necessary to examine political issues. This analytical framework will familiarize students with more generalized communication and problem solving skills sufficient to allow them to make valuable contributions to any vocation or enterprise they pursue. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Political Science. The successful student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of important findings, theories, and changing issues relevant to political science; demonstrate critical thinking about political issues and evaluate theories’ and arguments’ major assertions, background assumptions, the evidence used to support assertions, and their explanatory value; utilize appropriate investigative methods and appropriate technologies to access relevant research; manage information and prepare and present their work effectively.
Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of important findings, theories, and changing issues relevant to political science.
- Demonstrate critical thinking about political issues by evaluating the major assertions, background assumptions and the evidence used to support assertions, as well as their explanatory value.
- Utilize appropriate investigative methods and appropriate technologies to access relevant research.
- Manage information and prepare and present their work effectively.
Associate Degree Graduation Requirements
- Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
- Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
- Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
- Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
- Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
- Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
- 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
- At least 12 units completed at GWC.
Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.
|Select three of the following:||9|
|PSCI G180||American Government||3|
|PSCI G110||International Relations||3|
|PSCI G185||Comparative Politics||3|
|PSCI G150||Political Philosophy||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|MATH G160||Introduction To Statistics||4|
|PSYC G140||Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences||4|
|Select two from the following:||6|
|PSCI G105||Introduction to Global Studies||3|
|PSCI G205||Global Issues||3|
|PSCI G101||Survey Of Current Issues||3|
|PSCI G100||Introduction To Political Science||3|
|PSCI G130||Law In American Society||3|
|HIST G180||Western Civilization 1||3|
|HIST G185||Western Civilization 2||3|
|HIST G161||World History 1||3|
|HIST G162||World History 2||3|
|ECON G170||Principles of Micro Economics||3|
|ECON G175||Principles of Macro Economics||3|
|ECON G130||Environmental Economics and Policy||3|
|GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)||18-39|