Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Associate in Arts, Political Science
Major: 8120
First Term: 2019 Fall
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 45.1001
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.0
SOC Code: Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a(n):
11-2031.00 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers
19-4061.00 Social Science Research Assistants
19-4061.01 City and Regional Planning Aides
27-3022.00 Reporters and Correspondents
27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialists

Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as a(n):
19-3094.00 Political Scientists
23-1011.00 Lawyers
25-1065.00 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary


Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Political Science degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in political science. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as social science research assistants, city and regional planning aides, public relations specialists and managers, reporters, and social and community service managers. With a graduate degree, students may pursue employment opportunities in several careers, including political scientists, political science professors, and lawyers.


Program Learning Outcomes
1. Develop and sustain a lifelong interest in local, national, and global civic engagement through active citizenship. (ASM/FOR275, POS100, POS110, POS120, POS130, POS140, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285)
2. Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic political concepts, systems, and theories. (POS100, POS110, POS120, POS140, POS210)
3. Apply knowledge of politics by using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of multiple sub-fields of political science. (POS100, POS110, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285, [MA])
4. Appraise a situation, formulate an argument; collect, evaluate, and utilize evidence about key issues of public policy and politics. (POS180, POS285, [FYC], [L], [MA])
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills for a diverse, political world. (ASM/FOR275, COM225, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285, [FYC], [L])
6. Collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals. (ASM/FOR275, COM225, POS120, POS140, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285)
Required Courses
POS110 American National Government 3

POS120 World Politics (3) OR
POS140 Comparative Government (3) 3
(POS140 Recommended for students intending to transfer to Grand Canyon University)

+ POS210 Political Ideologies 3
+ COM225 Public Speaking 3
Credits: 12

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 11, 2018

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.