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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Political Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Political Science degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in political science. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as social science research assistants, city and regional planning aides, public relations specialists and managers, reporters, and social and community service managers. With a graduate degree, students may pursue employment opportunities in several careers, including political scientists, political science professors, and lawyers.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Political Science (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Develop and sustain a lifelong interest in local, national, and global civic engagement through active citizenship. (POS110, POS120, POS130, POS140, POS285)
  • Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic political concepts, systems, and theories. (POS110, POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Apply knowledge of politics by using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of multiple sub-fields of political science. (POS110, POS285, [MA])
  • Appraise a situation, formulate an argument; collect, evaluate, and utilize evidence about key issues of public policy and politics. (POS285, [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for a diverse, political world. (COM225, POS285, [FYC], [L])
  • Collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals. (COM225, POS120, POS140, POS285)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
POS110American National Government3
POS120World Politics (3) OR
POS140Comparative Government (3)3
(Recommend POS140 for students intending to transfer to Grand Canyon University)
POS210Political Ideologies3
COM225Public Speaking3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-35
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64). Courses selected in the Required Courses area cannot be used to satisfy Restricted Electives.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Political Science, Bachelor of Science and Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Political Science Elective Course Credits:6
Complete six (6) credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the POS prefix. Recommended that students take POS130 State and Local Government AND (POS120 World Politics OR POS140 Comparative Government - whichever course is not already applied in Required Courses area)
Related Area Course Credits:0-12
Complete zero to twelve (0-12) credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
Political Science Elective Course Credits:3
Complete three (3) credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the POS prefix. Recommended that students select from POS130 State and Local Government AND (POS120 World Politics OR POS140 Comparative Government - whichever course is not already applied in Required Courses area)
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Related Area Course Credits:0-12
Complete zero to twelve (0-12) credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 5: Northern Arizona University: Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Complete zero to fifteen (0-15) credits of coursework that transfer to NAU as POS electives.
Transfer Plan 6: Northern Arizona University: Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
Complete zero to fifteen (0-15) credits of coursework that transfer to NAU as POS electives.
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 7: University of Arizona: Political Science (any emphasis), Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 8: Grand Canyon University: Government (State and Local Public Policy Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts
POS130State and Local Government3
POS285Political Issues and Public Policy3
Transfer Plan 9: Grand Canyon University: Government (Legal Studies Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts
POS285Political Issues and Public Policy3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-32
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by COM225 in Required Courses Area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education courses in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by POS110 and POS210 in the Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by POS120 or POS140 in the Required Courses area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM225 in the Required Courses area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Recommend POS281AB Public Policy/Service Internship3

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