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Political Science - Associate in Arts

Program Code - CIP Code: POSC.AA/24.0101
Credits Required: 60
Academic Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services

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.

Requirements for admission to the program:                                 

  • No requirements for admission to the program.
  • Contact program for program-specific advising.

College Requirement


Credit Hours

BLUE 0101

Freshman Seminar


General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I* 3
ENGL 0102 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105 OR
MATH 0115
College Algebra** OR
HIST 0104 OR
HIST 0105
United States to 1877 OR
United State Since 1877
PHIL 0103 OR
PHIL 0206
Introduction to Philosophy OR
  Humanities Elective (Other than HIST or PHIL) 3
POSC 0102 OR
POSC 0111
International Relations / Foreign Policy OR
American Government
PSYC 0101
SOSC 0107
Psychology* OR
  Natural and Physical Science Elective 5
  Foreign Language Elective 5
  Total Hours for General Education Requirements 37-39
* See course syllabus for prerequisite. ** Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.

Political Science Requirement

Course Credit Hours
Choose 20-22 hours from the following
HIST 0115
HIST 0116
HIST 0112
HIST 0204
HIST 0205
POSC 0101
POSC 0112
POSC 0245
World Civilization 1 (3hrs)
World Civilization II  (3hrs)
Modern Latin America (3hrs)
Western Civilization I (3hrs)
Western Civilization II (3hrs)
Introduction to Political Science (3hrs)
State and Local Government (3hrs)
Introduction to Public Administration (3hrs)
  Total Hours for Political Science Requirements         20-22
*See course syllabi for Political Science course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Arts in Political Science Degree 60
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