The AA-T in Political Science for Transfer is designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with the intent of earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
The following is required for the AA-T in Political Science for Transfer degree:
- Minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
- Minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major.
- A grade of “C” or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.
- Certified completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information. Note: If following IGETC, IGETC-CSU must be followed for admission to a CSU.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Remember the major concepts of subfields of political science and their relevance to political behavior and political institutions across diverse communities and cultures.
- Understand the historical roots and major theories, conceptualizations, operationalizations, and measurements utilized in political science and its subfields from multiple perspectives.
- Apply the scientific method to explain political behavior and political institutions.
- Analyze the application of political science’s abstract theories, empirical regularities, and public policy applications towards civic engagement domestically and internationally.
- Evaluate how concepts of political actors, networks, and status quo are theoretically and empirically analyzed and their application across diverse communities and cultures.
- Create a professional research project that uses the scientific method and follows ethical guidelines to analyze political phenomenon and/or a public policy project that utilizes data, geographic information systems, policy, and communication analysts’ perspectives.
Students who earn an AA-T in Political Science from Cuyamaca College will be prepared for entry level positions such as a:
- Staff member to an elected official: local (City Councilor or Mayor), state (i.e. Statewide constitutional official, State Senator, State Assembly Member), or federal (i.e. U.S. Senator or Member of Congress)
- Staff member to an appointed official: local (i.e. City Manager or County Chief Executive Officer), regional (i.e. San Diego Association of Governments), or state (i.e. California State Water Resources Control Board Commissioner)
- Staff member in public, private, or non-profit sector’s external affairs, government affairs, or regulatory affairs department
- Intern with an international government or non-governmental organization or institution
- Research assistant to a professor at a 4-year university, or a researcher at a public policy think tank, or in an institutional research department
Associate in Arts Degree Requirements
|POSC-121||Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Introduction to Politics and Political Analysis|
|Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics|
|Introduction to International Relations|
|Introduction to Political Science Research Methods|
|Select two of the following:||6-7|
|Introduction to California Governments and Politics|
|Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences|
Any course from List A not selected above
|Units for the Major||18-19|
|9 units may be double-counted with GE|
|Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC-CSU)||39/37|
|Total Transferable Elective Units||11-12/13-14|