Liberal Arts AA – Political Science Option

Code: AA.LA.POLI.SCI

The 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. It 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.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Social Science Elective - Recommended: POL-107 or POL-101 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective - Recommended: MAT-150 3
-Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
  Information Technology Elective - INF-102 1
  Political Science Requirement 3
  Humanities Elective 3
POL-101American Government

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Third Semester

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

Fourth Semester

Social Science Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives 3
  Diversity Elective   3
  Free Electives 3
Total Credit Hours:16

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

One 3-cr Political Science course - POL-101 or POL-107
One 3-cr. course from: ECO, GEO, PSY, SOC, ANT

POL-101American Government

3

POL-107Introduction to Politics

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics: One 3-cr gen-ed Mathematics 
3
  Technology (INF-102)  1
  Natural Science Electives 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

  Political Science POL-101 or POL-107 3
  Two courses to be selected from: POL-102, POL-103, POL-104, POL-106, or co-op courses POL-291, POL-293 6

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).