Political Science

Associate of Arts Course of Study

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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.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

GT-CO1: ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

and

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

and

 

 

 

GT-CO3:

Approved GT-CO3 course*

(3)

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

or

 

 

 

COM 220

Intercultural Communication

(3)

Mathematics

Three (3) credit hours minimum (credit hours over three [3] will be applied to the electives category). Full list of requirements.

Suggested Courses

MAT 120

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts: MA1

4

or

 

 

MAT 121

College Algebra: MA1

4

Art and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two guaranteed transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3 or AH4)

Two guaranteed transfer Social & Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, or SS3)

One guaranteed transfer course from History (HI1)

One additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, HI1, SS1, SS2, or SS3)

Suggested Courses

GT-AH2

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature: AH2

3

GT-AH3

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3

3

PHI 113

Logic: AH3

3

GT-SS1

POS 105

Introduction to Political Science: SS1

3

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

GT-HI1

HIS 236

US History since 1945: HI1

3

or

 

 

HIS 247

20th Century World History: HI1

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Two (2) guaranteed transfer courses including at least one (1) lab course (SC1, SC2*). Additional credit hours over seven (7) will be applied to the electives category. Full list of requirements.

Suggested Courses

GEY 111

Physical Geology: SC1

4

GEY 121

Historical Geology: SC1

4

Electives

Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Suggested Courses

ANT

Any approved Anthropology elective

 

ECO

Any approved Economics elective

 

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2

3

GEO 106

Human Geography: SS2

3

HIS

Any approved History elective

 

POS 125

American State & Local Government: SS1

3

POS 205

International Relations: SS1

3

POS 215

Current Political Issues

3

POS 225

Comparative Government: SS1

3

Total Credit Hours

60