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Political Science, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_POLS
Control number: 31124
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 transfer 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 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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of important findings, theories, and changing issues relevant to political science.
  2. 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.
  3. Utilize appropriate investigative methods and appropriate technologies to access relevant research.
  4. Manage information and prepare and present their work effectively.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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.

Course Title Units
Required Core
PSCI G180American Government3
List A
Select three of the following:9-10
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
List B
Select two of the following:6
Any Course from List A not used
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
Major Total18-19
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted9-15
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)11-20
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science (recommended as LIST A requirement)3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
ECON G110Economic Issues and Policy3
or ECON G130 Environmental Economics and Policy
or Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics (satisfies LIST A requirement)4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking (or Area A3: Critical Thinking course)3-4
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
Units16-17

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C1: Arts course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
or PHIL G150 Political Philosophy
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
Units15-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units
Units15-16
Total minimum units required60