Political Science Associate in Arts Degree

PROGRAM CODE: 2A03885

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.”