Political Science Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts Degree in Political Science for Transfer, also called the Political Science AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Political Science. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Political Science AA-T degree will be granted priority admission as a political science major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies.Political Science is the scientific study of government. As such, it encompasses a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects, including economics, history, law, and philosophy. One major concern of political science is educating each generation to how democracy works, what are its benefits relative to other governmental systems. Lacking such knowledge can threaten our very existence since democracy is dependent upon a well-informed and civic-minded citizenry. This degree is an excellent general preparation for careers in conflict resolution, criminal justice, diplomacy, education, elections, journalism, the practice of law, public administration and public policy, public service, and research.

The Political Science AA-T Degree requires a total of 18-19 units of required courses and restricted electives. A grade of C or better is required in all courses. The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. (3) ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A "P" (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.
Required Core (3 units):3
American Government3
Honors American Government
List A (9-10 units) - select three:9-10
Introduction to Political Theory3
Introduction to the Study of Politics3
Comparative Politics3
Introduction to International Relations3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
List B (6 units) - select two:6
Contemporary American Politics3
Honors Contemporary American Politics
California Government and Politics3
Government and Politics of the Middle East3
Introduction to Public Law3
Total Units18-19

Outcome 1: Describe the major theories and philosophical principles that were applied to establish the American political system, e.g., federalism, confederation, and states’ rights.

Outcome 2: Identify some of the theories and philosophical principles that were used to establish political systems, i.e., liberalism, conservatism, fascism, communism.

Outcome 3: Differentiate among the different forms of government, i.e., parliamentary, federalism, one-party rule.

Outcome 4: Identify some of the critical periods in the evolution of international relations. Such theories and concepts will also include “balance-of-power,” “bipolar versus multi-polar world,” and the “realist school” versus the “idealist school.”