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Political Science (AA) Social Science Total Units: 19
Term Effective: Fall 2024


The Political Science major will provide students with a framework for understanding political theories, institutions and processes. Completion of the program should provide students with the analytical tools needed for success in the major at the university level.

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) program are:

  • Complete 19 units from
    • Political Science Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Political Science Major Requirements - complete 18.00 units
POLS 1Introduction to United States Government3.00
POLS 2Introduction to Comparative Government3.00
POLS 18Political Theory3.00
POLS 25Introduction to International Relations3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ECON 1Principles of Macroeconomics3.00
ECON 2Principles of Microeconomics3.00
HIST 1.2World History Since 1500 C.E.3.00
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 20History of the US Since 19453.00
HIST 22History of California3.00
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
POLS 11Introduction to the Fundamentals of Political Science3.00
POLS 70California State & Local Government3.00
PHIL 9Political Philosophy3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 2Modern Social Problems3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2024

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 - effective Fall 2016
Political Science - effective Fall 2012
Political Science - effective Fall 2011
Political Science - effective Spring 2011
Political Science - effective Fall 2005

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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