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Political Science (AA-T) Social Science Total Units: 18
Term Effective: Fall 2023


See the state issued Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) template for any further clarification regarding program requirements.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science (AA-T) degree will provide students with a framework for understanding political theories, institutions and processes. Completion of the degree should provide students with a seamless transition to a CSU and the analytical tools needed for success in the major at the university level. This associate degree is designed to provide a clear and seamless pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

    (a) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and

    (b) A minimum of 18 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science Major.

  2. Obtainment of an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0.

  3. Earn a grade of C or better (or P) in all courses required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science Major.

A maximum of 12 units are allowed with a P grade for students earning an Associate Degree. For detailed information, please refer to the SRJC Grading Policy.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe how different political theories and political systems address the question of who governs, how resources are allocated, and what rights citizens have in a society;
  2. Analyze how political institutions and processes impact our daily lives;
  3. Employ critical thinking skills and analysis to interpret and support a political position;
  4. Research contemporary political issues drawing on diverse sources, including online material; and
  5. Assess and distinguish between factual and interpretive information.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Political Science (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Political Science TMC Core Requirements
    • Political Science TMC List A
    • Political Science TMC List B

Political Science TMC Core Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
POLS 1Introduction to United States Government3.00
POLS 18Political Theory3.00
POLS 2Introduction to Comparative Government3.00
POLS 25Introduction to International Relations3.00
Political Science TMC List A - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
PSYCH 9Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics3.00
POLS 12Environmental Policy and Politics3.00
Political Science TMC List B - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AJ 56Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ECON 1Principles of Macroeconomics3.00
ECON 2Principles of Microeconomics3.00
GEOG 7Introduction to Human Geography3.00
HIST 4.1History of Western Civilization to 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 4.2History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 17.1History of the United States to 18773.00
HIST 17.2United States History from 18773.00
HIST 18.1History of Women in the United States to 18773.00
HIST 18.2History of Women in the United States Since 18773.00
HIST 21Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 2Modern Social Problems3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Political Science (AA-T) - effective Fall 2017
Political Science (AA-T) - effective Spring 2015
Political Science (AA-T) - effective Summer 2012

Program Requirements Notes:

A course used to satisfy a requirement in List A can not be used to fulfill the requirements in List B.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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