Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree

The Political Science Associate Degree for Transfer (A.A.-T) is designed for students who intend to pursue a degree in political science or a related discipline, and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. The degree is especially designed for students preparing for transfer into the California State University system but will prepare all students for success in any higher education degree 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.