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Political Science (AA-T) Social Science Total Units: 18
Term Effective: Summer 2012


The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (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 four-year institution 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 AA-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. 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:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and
  • A minimum of 18 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Major.
  • Obtainment of an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, 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.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence and the Transfer Model Curriculum template transfer model template.

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 3.00 units
POLS 1Introduction to United States Government3.00
Political Science TMC List A - complete 9.00 units
POLS 2Introduction to Comparative Government3.00
POLS 18Political Theory3.00
POLS 25Introduction to International Relations3.00
Political Science TMC List B - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
AJ 56Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ECON 1APrinciples of Macroeconomics3.00
ECON 1BPrinciples of Microeconomics3.00
GEOG 7Introduction to Human Geography3.00
HIST 17.1History of the United States to 18773.00
HIST 17.2U.S. 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
SOCS 12Environmental Policy and Politics3.00

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2015

Program Requirements Notes:

A course used to satisfy a requirement in one category can not be used to fulfill the requirements in another category.

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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