Political Science AA-T


Political Science Transfer Degree, AA-T 

Political Science is the academic discipline that investigates the institutions and processes by which human societies are ruled. Political scientists use the techniques of empirical research and historical analysis, along with normative consideration of the ends of political action, to explore the outcomes of various governmental arrangements and alternatives. The study of political science will prepare students for careers in law, politics, governmental service, social science teaching, and journalism, as well as for active participation in the political system of the United States.

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 Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-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 or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a 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.

To earn this AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

•completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;

•completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and

•certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommend that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in political science should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements. 

Required Core Courses: Units
POLIT100 American Politics 3
List A: Select 3 courses from the following (9 units minimum): Units
POLIT110 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POLIT110H Introduction to Political Theory Honors 3
POLIT140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLIT141 Introduction to World Politics 3
ECON208 Business and Economics Statistics 4
MATH108 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
PSYCH105 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
List B: Select 2 courses from the following (6 units minimum): Units
ANTHRO102 Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON100 Introduction to Economics 3
ECON200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON200H Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors 3
ECON201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON201H Principles of Microeconomics - Honors 3
ENGL102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking 4
ENGL102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors 4
HIST100 United States History to 1877 3
HIST101 United States History: 1865 to Present 3
HIST137 Racial and Ethnic Groups in United States History 3
HIST150 Introduction to Latin American History 3
HIST170 World History to 1500 3
HIST171 World History Since 1500 3
POLIT138 Service Learning: Student Leadership 3
POLIT139 Service Learning: Community Leadership 3
PSYCH100 General Psychology 3
PSYCH100H General Psychology - Honors 3
RELIG100 Introduction to Religious Studies 3
RELIG100H Introduction to Religious Studies-Honors 3
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC100H Introduction to Sociology - Honors 3
Major Total: 18-20 Units
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 39-42 Units
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferrable units): 10-20 Units
Total Units 60