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Political Science

Curriculum pathway leading to an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences for students transferring into the following 4-year programs:

Interim Dean: Dr. Michael Vitale

Political science is an integral part of social science. Over three thousand years ago, Aristotle declared that "politics is the master science upon which all of civilization depends". The truth of this assumption simply lies in the fact that political science is all about public power-how it is acquired and in whose interest it is used. Power is like a loaded gun, a lethal weapon that must be carefully guarded, lest it falls into the wrong hands. The discipline of political science is a systematic effort at creating a responsible attitude about the use of public power as a force for good. Political science is aimed at inculcating the appropriate level of awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities in a way that monitors the use of public power for the overall interest of the society. A political science major is an excellent preparation for careers in government and politics, campaign co-ordination and consultancy, diplomacy or foreign affairs, law, education, military, community development, human relations, labor relations, public administration, etc.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I*
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirement:
MATH0105 College Algebra* or  
MATH0115 Statistics*/#
3-5
Total
3-5
 
Humanities Requirements: (9 credit hours from at least 3 disciplines including: Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
HIST0104 United States to 1877 or
HIST0105 United States Since 1877
3
PHIL0103 Introduction to Philosophy or  
PHIL0206 Ethics*
3
  Humanities Core Elective
(from Art Literature, Music or Theatre) Performance courses are excluded
3
Total
9
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements: (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines including: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology)
POSC0102 International Relations/Foreign Policy or
3
POSC0111 American Government
3
PSYC0101 Psychology* or
SOSC0107 Sociology
3
Total
6
 
Natural and Physical Science Requirements (lecture with lab)
  Natural or Physical Science Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Foreign Language Requirement:
  Foreign Language Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Total General Education Requirements
38-41
 
Choose 19-23 additional credits from the following:
HIST0105 World Civilization I
3
HIST0106 World Civilization II
3
HIST0112 Modern Latin America
3
HIST0204 Western Civilization I
3
HIST0205 Western Civilization II
3
POSC0101 Introduction to Political Science
3
POSC0112 State and Local Government
3
POSC0245 Introduction to Public Administration
1-3
Total
19-23
   
Total hours required for an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Political Science Degree
60-64

*See course description for prerequisite.