Political Science

Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB1440)

Associate in Arts
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01845)

Political Science is the study of the theory and practice of government. Prelaw is the preparation for the study of application of law within the juridical system of government. Public administration is the study of the implementation practices of the governmental agencies and legal bodies. These three departments are closely related through the common interests of the people and in service of the populace either at the local, state, or national level. These departments explore social behavior, customs, rules, and practices within the context of the self-defined common good of the community and the willingness of the members of the community to delegate authority under proscribed conditions to individuals, groups, and agencies. This degree satisfies the requirements of the STAR Act for transfer to the CSU system.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • The student will be able to identify and evaluate systems of government in order to better participate in civil society.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  • Completion of minimum 60 semester or 90 quarter units of degree applicable courses.
  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “Pass”) for each course in the major.
  • Completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.  For more information, refer to the catalog section, “Certificate of Achievement” under Graduation, Certificates, and Degree Requirements.
Required Core
PS 102INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
List A
Select three of the following:9-10
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
List B
Select 6-7 units: 16-7
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Total Units18-20