Degrees

Feather River College offers two degrees in Political Science. The first is a Political Science Transfer Model Curriculum degree for students anticipating transfer to a California State University political science or comparable degree program. The second is an associate degree that can be completed by students seeking other transfer opportunities or who are not planning transfer to a four-year university.

Political science majors should check the degree requirements of the university to which they intend to transfer and should meet with an academic advisor to construct an academic plan.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Political Science program coursework, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and define the core concepts of political science and government that apply to the state, national, and international levels.
  2. Apply research methods and major theoretical perspectives to analyze political behavior, and the role of structures and institutions of power and governance.
Course Units

Major Core Requirements (12 units)

POL 101 American Government and Politics 3 units
POL 150 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
POL 130 Introduction to International Relations 3 units
Math 202 Elementary Statistics 9 units
Total Core Requirements 13 units

Major Electives (select 6 units from below; *recommended)

POL 140 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity* 3 units
POL 160 Globalization* 3 units
POL 180 Environmental Policy* 3 units
BUS 106 Principles of Economics (Macro) 3 units
GEOG 104 Cultural Geography 3 units
HIST 104 Modern Western Civilization 3 units
HIST 110 The United States Since 1877 3 units
HIST 112 Modern World History 3 units
SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
Total Electives Requirements 6 units

Total Major Requirements

19 units

To earn an A.A.-T in Political Science:

  1. Complete the Major Core Requirements and Major Electives, as outlined above with a minimum grade of “C” or better.
  2. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. Students expecting to transfer to a four-year college or university need to complete the CSU Breadth or IGETC requirements.
  3. Complete electives so that major units, plus GE units, plus elective units total sixty (60) units or higher.
The Associates in Arts Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program (18 units) plus FRC general education requirement, plus sufficient electives to meet the 60-unit total. A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all classes taken for the major. Students expecting to transfer to a four-year university are strongly advised to complete either the CSU Breadth or the IGETC requirements.
Internships are available to students in this degree program, including working with the County Board of Supervisors and other local government offices. Enrollment in BUS 171 is required for the internship.
Course Units

Core Requirements (6 units)

POL 101 American Government and Politics 3 units
POL 150 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
Total Core Requirements 6 units

Additional Requirements (minimum of 12 units from below; *recommended)

POL 140 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity* 3 units
POL 160 Globalization* 3 units
POL 180 Environmental Policy* 3 units
POL 130 Introduction to International Relations* 3 units
BUS 170 Internship Through Project Based Learning* 3 units
HIST 108 The United States to 1877 3 units
HIST 110 The United States Since 1877 3 units
Total Electives Requirements 12 units

Total Major Requirements

18 units

To earn an A.A.in Political Science:

  1. Complete the core requirements as listed above.
  2. Complete FRC General Education (GE), CSU Breadth, or IGETC requirements.
  3. Complete electives so that major units, plus GE units, plus elective units total sixty (60) units of higher.