Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Political Science Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Reading & Writing Literacy
  • College Quantitative Literacy 

Political Science is the study of government: what it is, what it does, and how and why. Political scientists are interested in government at every level: local, county, state, regional, national, and international. Many of them specialize in one general area of political science such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes, comparative government, or international relations and organizations. Political scientists seek specialization in sub-areas within the discipline.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Political Science degree program, students should be able to:

  • Use information to describe a problem or issue and/or articulate a question related to the topic
  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position
  • Identify assumptions
  • Establish a conclusion that is tied to the range of information presented
  • Reflect on implications and consequences of stated conclusion
  • Connect disciplinary knowledge to civic engagement through one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and/or government

Full list of requirements can be found on at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours.

Additional Required Courses

Twelve (12) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.


Sixteen (16) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

Please note: Additional Political Science (POS) courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above may not count toward the Political Science major at the receiving four-year institution.

Suggested Courses

Total Credit Hours: 60

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