PROGRAM OF STUDY
Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer A.A. Degree Major
The discipline of Political Science is the study of how people are governed and how they govern themselves. It examines the
process by which scarce resources are allocated to an expanding population with ever-increasing demands. The discipline looks at
American politics as an experience in “self-government” and highlights how our system is different from the political systems
developed by other countries. The study of Political Science also includes the examination of how diversity impacts American
government. The discipline also seeks to understand how nations deal with each other, what kinds of issues are likely to separate
them and how they resolve international conflict. Political Science courses help prepare students for a variety of careers, such as
pre-law and various careers in government and non-government settings at the federal, state or local levels.
The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a
bachelor's degree in Political Science, or a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing the AA-T degree in Political
Science are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice.
Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements as this AA-T in
Political Science may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or
university that is not part of the CSU system.
To earn an Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) students must complete the following:
1. 60 CSU transferable semester units.
2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for
admission, some majors may require a higher GPA.
3. Completion of 18-19 specified major units. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better (title 5 § 55063).
4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General
Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) pattern.
American Government and Politics
Honors: American Government and Politics
LIST A: Select and complete 3 courses (9-10 units) from the following
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods
LIST B: Select and complete 2 courses (6 units) from the following
National,State & Local Politics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors: Principles of Macroeconomics
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Social and Political History of the United States I
Social and Political History of the United States II
History of California
Latin American History
World History I
World History II
State Approved Feb. 2012
18 - 19