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Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer

Political Science is the study of the acquisition and use of public power and authority. Politics and government affect everyone’s life and impinge on activities in many fields. Political science is concerned with the objectives and ends of politics and the way in which political society should be organized in order to realize those objectives and ends. Courses in political science enable students to study and understand how political and governmental institutions make and implement decisions and the effects those decisions have on individual, group, and societal behavior. A
political science major generally transfers to a baccalaureate institution to complete a B.A. Degree. Political science graduates with B.A. Degrees are qualified for a variety of positions in government and non-governmental institutions; graduates are prepared to enter graduate studies in various disciplines, including political science, law, journalism and business. Teaching at the community college level is an option providing that an M.A. and/or a Ph.D. Degree is obtained. Possession of the Ph.D. could lead to research and teaching at the university level.

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) degree meets the requirements of SB 1440 for Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). These degrees are intended to make it easier for students to transfer to California State University campuses, but do not exclude admittance to other colleges or universities.