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Political Science (POLS)

Political Science


The following Political Science degree is offered:

AA-T - Political Science

Required Program Units
POLS 301    Introduction to Government: United States (3)
A minimum of nine (9) units from the following: 9
   POLS 302    Introduction to Government: Foreign (3)
   POLS 310    Introduction to International Relations (3)
   POLS 320    Introduction to Political Theory (3)
   STAT 300    Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of six (6) units from the following: 6
   ADMJ 320    Concepts of Criminal Law (3)
   ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
   BUS 340    Business Law (3)
   COMM 351    Mass Media and Society (3)
   ECON 302    Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
   ECON 304    Principles of Microeconomics (3)
   GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
   GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
   PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
   SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)

The Associate of Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University (CSU). Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Political Science at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU, and the degree does not guarantee admission to a specific CSU campus.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
  A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
  B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
AD-Ts also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of political science and governance.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary comparative systems and governance.
  • Evaluate the relationship between the governing process and public policy.
  • Examine how citizen and interest group participation influence political systems.
  • Analyze the role of culture and its influence on politics.
  • Assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability.
  • Analyze politics and diplomacy in the international system.
  • Apply basic research methods to political science.
  • Analyze political and public policy making processes, and relate these to current issues and problems, for evaluating political events and their role in the political system.
  • Compare and contrast various theories of justice and the just state.
  • Evaluate various theories of the purpose of government and apply to a critical analysis of current political events.

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