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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Political Science
Major: 8120
Effective Term: 2024 Fall   
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 45.1001
Program Availability: CG   EM   GC   MC   PC   PV   RS   SC   SM  
Instructional Council: Political Science
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as:
11-2032.00 Public Relations Managers
11-2033.00 Fundraising Managers
11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers
19-4061.00 Social Science Research Assistants
19-3051.00 Urban and Regional Planners
27-3023.00 News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists
27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialists

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

Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in 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. (POS110, POS120, POS130, POS140, POS285)
2. Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic political concepts, systems, and theories. (POS110, POS120, POS140, POS210)
3. Apply knowledge of politics by using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of multiple sub-fields of political science. (POS110, POS285, [MA])
4. Appraise a situation, formulate an argument; collect, evaluate, and utilize evidence about key issues of public policy and politics. (POS285, [FYC], [L], [MA])
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills for a diverse, political world. (COM225, POS285, [FYC], [L])
6. Collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals. (COM225, POS120, POS140, POS285)
7. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field. (FYE101, FYE103)
Required Courses
FYE101 Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103 Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3) 1-3

POS110 American National Government 3

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

POS210 Political Ideologies 3
+ COM225 Public Speaking 3
Credits: 13-15

+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 28, 2022

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.