Political Science Associate in Arts Degree


The Political Science Associate in Arts Degree is designed to prepare students to acquire basic historical, constitutional, theoretical, governmental knowledge and academic skills both to transfer to a four year institution and to understand the causes of past and present social and political events. This degree requires a total of 18 - 19 units.

Required Courses (3 units):
POSC 100 FAmerican Government3
or POSC 100HF Honors American Government
List A: Select three courses from the following (9-10 units):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: Select from the following (6 units):6
Contemporary American Politics3
Honors Contemporary American Politics
California Government and Politics3
Capital Field Trip: Sacramento Seminar3
Honors Capital Field Trip: Sacramento Seminar
Political Campaign Internship1
Public Policy Internship1
Government and Politics of the Middle East3
Introduction to Public Administration3
Introduction to Public Law3
Political Science Independent Study1
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 multipolar world,” and the “realist school” versus the “idealist school.”