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Political Science, Associate in Arts

(formerly Social and Political Science)

Curriculum SOC.PSC.AA (U224A45)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

These courses offer a study of contemporary and political issues. Political science courses provide both an historical perspective, as well as a contemporary perspective, while examining the nature of the state both nationally and internationally.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Political Science) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • identify the fundamental structures and institutions of the United State's political system and other political systems;
  • define important political science theories and concepts;
  • summarize a conceptual argument or theoretical approach, apply it t an actual situation relevant to political science, and support their application with appropriate evidence; and
  • compare and evaluate the merits of two or more politcal policies, theories, or concepts.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 101Quantitative Literacy #

3 credits

OR

MAT 102Liberal Arts Mathematics #

3 credits

 

PSC 150American National Politics

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

 

Program electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSC 184Global Politics

3 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Life Science

3-5 credits

 

Program electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Physical Science

3-5 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Sciences (other than Political Science)

3 credits

 

Electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
Electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

4 credits

 

Electives

12 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Program Electives (6):

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSC 120Principles of Political Science

3 credits

PSC 151American State and Urban Politics

3 credits

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

Notes: May take other PSC courses or work with transfer advisor to determine courses toward possible minor at transfer institution.

Recommended electives include courses in History, Economics, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Education, Literature, Sociology and Geography.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements:

AA degree                                     Subtotal: 37-40

Political Science courses or other
electives toward the AA degree    Subtotal: 20-23

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS BY DISCIPLINE:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester hours), with at least one course from selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Three courses (nine semester hours), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: One course (three semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Two courses (seven to eight semester hours), with one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See PSC course descriptions; SSC course descriptions.

Chairperson: Bill Decker, Ext. 3509