Political Science Transfer Degree

Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T)

 The associate in arts in political science for transfer program provides quality general education opportunities that enhance student learning by developing critical thinking skills and increasing student understanding of the institutions and policies of American Government, the importance of ethics in political systems, as well as the role of citizenship in the democratic process. The associate in arts in political science for transfer will prepare students for further studies toward a California State University (CSU) baccalaureate degree in political science. 

The graduate of the associate in arts in political science for transfer will: 

  • Explain the key concepts, terms and processes involved in the study of political science 
  • Analyze and evaluate competing theories within the field of political science 
  • Compare the different cultural and political values that influence political decisions 
  • Evaluate the role of individuals and groups in the political process 

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

 Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

A. The completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE). The following Allan Hancock College graduation requirements will not be required: Health and Wellness, Multicultural Gender Studies and Allan Hancock College General Education.] 

B. A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. 

C. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0 with all courses in the major being completed with a grade of “c” or better. 

Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer program requirements

1. GENERAL EDUCATION: Complete one of the following: 

a) CSU General Education pattern           39 units 

b) Intersegmental General Education 

            Transfer Curriculum                        39 units 

            Total GE Units:                                37-39 units 

2. MAJOR CORE COURSES: A major of 18-19 units is required for the associate in arts in political science for transfer.

Required Core Course (3 units): 
POLS 103 American Government 3 units
List A – Select three courses from the following:
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics  4 units
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
POLS 104 International Relations 3 units
POLS 105 Comparative Politics 3 units
List B – Select two courses not selected in List A or from the following:
AJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 units
AJ 103 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 units
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ECON 101 Principles of Macro-Economics 3 units
ECON 102 Principles of Micro-Economics  3 units
ECON 141 Global Economics 3 units
GEOG 102 Global Economics 3 units
HIST 101 World Civilization to 1600 3 units
HIST 102 World Civilization to 1500 3 units
HIST 104 Western Civilization to 1650 3 units
HIST 105 Western Civilization Since 1650 3 units
HIST 119 History of California  3 units
HIST 120 History of the Mexican-American 3 units
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOC 102 Social Problems 3 units
SOC 104 Social Science Research Methods 3 units
SOC 120 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 units


3. DOUBLE COUNTING: A maximum of 9-15 units can be double counted for the major and CSU GE or IGETC general education requirements. 

4. Select additional courses, if needed, to achieve the 60 units required for the associate in art in sociology for transfer. 

Major Total: 18-19 units 

CSU-GE Breadth/IGETC: 37-39 units 

CSU Transferable Electives (as needed): 11-20 units 

Double-Counted: 9 -15 units 

Degree Total (maximum): 60 units

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