Associate in Arts, Political Science

Political Science - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), 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

Major Code: 
8120
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Political Science
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

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

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Description

Students planning to major in Political Science usually are interested in law and public policy. These careers share a common set of interdisciplinary themes that apply to public administration and government work, paralegal roles, and the practice of law. Students in Political Science at SCC have obtained internships in political campaigns, the state legislature, and in public policy organizations both in Arizona and in Washington D.C. Graduates from SCC have themselves run for office, obtained law degrees, and work in prestigious  public policy organizations.

Students in the Political Science program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person and online. Most students take online courses to complete their Political Science studies. 

Program Length

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Cost

Courses are available in-person and online. Most students take online courses to complete their Political Science studies. Currently, the tuition for an Associate of Art degree for Political Science students is $5,288. 

Textbooks

All Political Science courses use Open Educational Resources for class readings so there are NO TEXTBOOK COSTS in any Political Science course. 

Program Curriculum
  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year.
Program Contacts

Dr. Nicholas Damask, Department Chair
Office: SBE-117
Phone: (480) 423-6201
nicholas.damask@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office: SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
stefani.parks@scottsdalecc.edu

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
(POS281ABPublic Policy/Service Internship (3) is recommended)
Consult with an Academic Advisor for more information.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop and sustain a lifelong interest in local, national, and global civic engagement through active citizenship. (ASM/FOR275, POS100, POS110, POS120, POS130, POS140, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285)
  • Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic political concepts, systems, and theories. (POS100, POS110, POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Apply knowledge of politics by using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of multiple sub-fields of political science. (POS100, POS110, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285, [MA])
  • Appraise a situation, formulate an argument; collect, evaluate, and utilize evidence about key issues of public policy and politics. (POS180, POS285, [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for a diverse, political world. (ASM/FOR275, COM225, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285, [FYC], [L])
  • Collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals. (ASM/FOR275, COM225, POS120, POS140, POS180, POS223, POS281AB, POS285)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
POS110American National Government3
POS120World Politics (3) OR
POS140Comparative Government (3)3
(POS140Recommended for students intending to transfer to Grand Canyon University)
POS210Political Ideologies3
COM225Public Speaking3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-35
Complete all courses 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.
Subplan 1: Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Tempe and Online campuses): Political Science, Bachelor of Science and Arizona State University, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (Polytechnic campus): Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Political Science Elective Course Credits:6
Select 6 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the POS prefix.
POS+++ Any Political Science course
Recommended that students take
POS130State and Local Government3
POS120World Politics (3) OR
POS140Comparative Government (3)3
Related Area Course Credits:0-12
Complete 0 to 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.
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Tempe and Online campuses): Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
Political Science Elective Course Credits:3
Select 3 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the POS prefix.
POS+++ Any Political Science course
Recommended that students take
POS130State and Local Government3
POS120World Politics (3) OR
POS140Comparative Government (3)3
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 OR
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course OR
FRE+++ any FRE/French course OR
GER+++ any GER/German course OR
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course OR
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course OR
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course OR
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-20
Related Area Course Credits:0-12
Select 0 to 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.
Subplan 3: Arizona State University, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (West campus): Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
Related Area Course Credits:9
Select 9 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST.
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)
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)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Subplan 4: Arizona State University, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (West campus): Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Related Area Course Credits:6-9
Select 6 to 9 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST.
Subplan 5: Northern Arizona University: Political Science, Bachelor of Science
Select 0-15 credits of coursework that transfer to NAU as POS electives.
Subplan 6: Northern Arizona University: Political Science, 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 OR
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course OR
FRE+++ any FRE/French course OR
GER+++ any GER/German course OR
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course OR
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course OR
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course OR
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-20
Select 0 to 15 credits of coursework that transfer to NAU as POS electives.
Subplan 7: University of Arizona: Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (any emphasis)
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 OR
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course OR
FRE+++ any FRE/French course OR
GER+++ any GER/German course OR
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course OR
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course OR
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course OR
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-20
Subplan 8: Grand Canyon University: Government (State and Local Public Policy Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts Credits:6
POS130State and Local Government3
POS285Public Policy3
Subplan 9: Grand Canyon University: Government (Legal Studies Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts
POS285Public Policy3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-34
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
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: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education courses in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by POS110, POS120, POS140, and/or POS210 in 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 Core Requirements.
 
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
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
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

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.