The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare the student for a seamless transfer into the California State University (CSU) system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Political Science or similar major. This degree is designed to prepare students to understand and critically appraise the American political system and central issues in American politics, to evaluate topics in the key areas of political science, to clearly express political science concepts in scholarly writing, and to demonstrate an understanding of these ideas through their application to contemporary political problems.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe, explain, and evaluate American political institutions, political systems, policies and processes;
  • Identify and analyze the major current global and domestic political theories and ideologies;
  • Objectively explain critical issues in American, Comparative and World politics and be able to use theories and debates to argue convincingly in defense of a position, selecting examples to illustrate points and or-ganizing these appropriately;
  • Employ a variety of current social scientific methodologies in the research, analysis and evaluation of data;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking ability including the understanding of alternative explanations and the form-ing of conclusions from the data presented. 
Required Courses (18-19 units) Units
POL-1*/1H* American Politics/Honors 3
POL-2*/2H* Comparative Politics/Honors 3
POL-4*/4H* Introduction to World Politics/Honors 3
POL-11* Political Theory 3
Electives A Choose from list A below 3-4
Electives B Choose from list B below 3
Electives - List A (3-4 units) Units
MAT-12*/12H* Statistics/Honors 4
POL-5* The Law and Politics 3
POL-6*/ECO-6* Introduction to Political Economy 3
POL-8 * Introduction to Public  Administration and Policy Development 3
POL-13* Introduction to American Foreign Policy 3
Electives - List B (3 units) Select any course from list B or any course from list A not used Units
ANT-2*/2H* Cultural Anthropology/Honors 3
ANT-3* Prehistoric Cultures 3
ANT-5* Cultures of Ancient Mexico 3
ANT-6* Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANT-7* Anthropology of Religion 3
ANT-8* Language and Culture 3
ECO-4* Introduction to Economics 3
ECO-5* Economics of the Environment 3
ECO-7*/7H* Principles of Macroeconomics/Honors 3
ECO-8*/8H* Principles of Microeconomics/Honors 3
GEG-2* Human Geography 3
GEG-3* World Regional Geography 3
GEG-4* Geography of California 3
GEG-6* Geography of the United States and Canada 3
HIS-1* World History to 1500 3
HIS-2*/2H* World History since 1500/Honors 3
HIS-6*/6H* United States History to 1877/Honors 3
HIS-7*/7H* United States History from 1865/Honors 3
HIS-11*/MIL-1* Military History of the United States to 1900 3
HIS-12*/MIL-2* Military History of the United States Since 1900 3
HIS-19* Modern Russia History 3
HIS-25* History of Mexico 3
HIS-26* History of California 3
PSY-1*/1H* General Psychology/Honors 3
PSY-9* Developmental Psychology 3
PSY-33* Theories of Personality 3
PSY-35* Abnormal Psychology
SOC-1*/1H* Introduction to Sociology/Honors 3
SOC-2*  American Social Problems 3
SOC-3* Social Inequality 3
SOC-12* Marriage and Family Relations 3
SOC-20* Introduction to Criminology 3
SOC-50* Introduction to Social Research Methods 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).