For students with an interest in American government and politics. Courses focus on political power, its application, location, impact; demands on decision makers, their forms and sources; conversion process, congress, presidency, bureaucracy and courts; outputs, policies, implementation, court decisions.
The Political Science Department is committed to providing a rigorous and relevant education in the fundamentals of political inquiry necessary to informed citizenship. The Department provides its students with a strong grounding in each of the major fields of Political Science as well as the analytic tools and theoretical approaches needed to be successful in their careers.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Students will possess a basic knowledge in the major areas of political science.
- Students will develop academic writing skills including presentation of data, evidence and argument in all required courses.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read and think critically about politics and government.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to organize and present data, evidence and argue in clear, thoughtful and persuasive writing.
- Students will measure the impact of cultural, social and economic conditions upon U.S. government policy-makers and public policy.
- Students will discuss the organizational components of national political institutions such as legislatures, administrations, judiciaries, political parties, and organized groups.
- Students will outline the various formal political processes of nomination, election, legislative, budgetary, and legal activities.
- Students will recognize the various forces that enter the political decision-making process and how these forces make themselves felt.
- Students will analyze the various forces of political activity available to citizens and their relative impact upon political policy-making.
- Students will evaluate the major policies of the national and local governments in the fields of welfare, economic regulation, law enforcement, education and finance.
- Students will locate specific sources of information concerning the political, social and economic conditions within the United States.
- Students will apply general explanations of political phenomenon and behavior to specific situations.
- Students will evaluate federalism, historically and contemporaneously, as applying to historical events and movements in the United States.
- Students will recognize the existence of multi-cultural societies and demonstrate an appreciation of multiple perspectives.
Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Political Science
The discipline of political science revolves around government, public policy and ethics, foreign politics, law and judicial process.
This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in political science. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.
- Political Scientist
- Legislative Assistant
- Political Consultant
- Public Administration
Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.
|Overview for College Success||Credits|
|OCS 121||Overview for College Success||1|
|Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.|
Minimum General Education (42-43)
|Communications (9)||Semester Hours|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (9)|
|Select from Group II (Foreign language may be required.)||9|
|Social and Behavioral Science (9)|
|Select from Group III||9|
Select from Group IV 
|Physical and Life Science (8)|
|Select from Group IV (must include one lab.)||4|
|Area of Concentration/Electives (24-25)|
|Minimum for AS Degree||62|
|1. Math requirements for political science vary at four-year institutions. Consult the Transfer Center.|