Liberal Arts AA – Political Science Option

Code: AA.LA.POLI.SCI

The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, Political Science Option is designed to present students with introductory courses in order to build a solid foundation in political thinking and reasoning before students transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor degree. The program promotes technical communication skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving through theoretical and practical learning methods. Students explore topics such as power, the state, government, power structures, political behavior, policies, ideologies, international relations and comparative politics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in political science.
  • Recognize and apply basic research methods to political science, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the ways in which political scientists examine the world.
  • State and support their own views on political issues addressed in their courses, both orally and in writing, with logical rigor and clarity.
  • Develop an appreciation for diversity in identifying and achieving political goals.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
POL-107Introduction to Politics

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective*  
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Diversity Elective‡ 3
POL-101American Government

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

POL  Political Science Electives*** 6
HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

POL  Political Science Elective*** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives**** 6
  Free Electives‡‡ 2-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

POL-101American Government

3

POL-107Introduction to Politics

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8

Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Political Science Electives*** 9
  Humanities Electives - two courses to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], 6 Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

***Three courses to be selected from the following: POL-102 International Relations; POL-103 Modern Political Ideologies; POL-104 State and Local Government; POL-106 Themes in US History 9Modern American Presid3ency); POL-116 Labor Law; POL-122 Collective Bargaining; POL-461-463 Co-op Work Experience (Political Science).

****Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Political Science course.