Political Science

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

Political Science is the study of government: what it is, what it does, and how and why. Political scientists are interested in government at every level: local, county, state, regional, national, and international. Many of them specialize in one general area of political science such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes, comparative government, or international relations and organizations. Political scientists seek specialization in sub-areas within the discipline.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

OR

 

 

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

or

 

 

HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3

(3)

Mathematics

Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (MA1), prefer MAT 135

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)

History

Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics: SS1

3

ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics: SS1

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1)

Additional Required Courses

Twelve (12) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

POS 105

Introduction to Political Science: SS1

3

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

POS 205

International Relations: SS1

3

POS 225

Comparative Government: SS1

3

Electives

Sixteen (16) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Please note: Additional Political Science (POS) courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above may not count toward the Political Science major at the receiving four-year institution. See explanation in Limitations section.

Suggested Courses

ANT

Any Approved Anthropology elective

3

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2

3

GEO 106

Human Geography: SS2

3

HIS

Any Approved History elective

3

POS 125

American State & Local Government: SS1

3

POS 215

Current Political Issues: SS1

3

Total Credit Hours

60

Additional information available on the Political Science Department website at www.ppcc.edu/pos.