Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

Program Code: 1A32251

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Political Science major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division course work in Political Science or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements.

Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746–66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Students successfully completing the AA-T in Political Science will acquire a fundamental knowledge base of Political Science, introducing students to concepts, methods, and knowledge that help them understand and judge politics within and among nations, and possess a basic understanding of areas that have an interdisciplinary association to Political Science. This degree will provide students with an introduction to the field including its applied areas. The intent is to prepare students for further academic study in the field. It will also demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper division work at the university level. At the baccalaureate level students can continue an education in various areas of Political Science including the following four subfields: Political Theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations. Graduate study is important in Political Science. Those holding a Master’s or Doctoral degree may find employment in teaching, business, government, journalism, education, or nonprofit organizations; or it can lead to a PhD program in the social sciences or to professional school in law, business, public policy, or international relations. Those without a graduate degree will find limited career opportunity in direct areas of Political Science.

To earn an AA-T in Political Science students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 19 semester units or 29 quarter units in the Political Science major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable course work; and
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core
POSC 100 CUnited States Government3
or POSC 100HC Honors United States Government
List A
Select two of the following:6
Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Science3
Comparative Politics3
International Relations3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)4
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)4
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
List B
Select two of the following (or any Political Science courses not already used from List A):6
Principles of Economics-Macro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Survey of Economics3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Native American History3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
World Geography3
Honors World Geography
Western Civilizations I3
Honors Western Civilizations I
World Civilizations I3
Honors World Civilizations I
History of Latin America I3
Survey of British History I3
Asian Civilizations I3
History of the United States I3
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II3
Honors History of the United States II
Introduction to Psychology3
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Gender and American Politics3
Urban Politics3
Contemporary Political Issues3
Politics of the Middle East3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Criminology3
Total Units19