Program Description

Knowledge of the past is a prerequisite for understanding the present and preparing for the future. The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree offers an array of courses designed to enable students to comprehend how they, their nation, and the contemporary world have been shaped by historical events and forces. It is only by studying the Political Science of other civilizations and cultures that we hope to gain perspective on our own. In addition to producing teachers and historical researchers, the AA-T in Political Science helps prepare students for other careers. Majoring in Political Science is excellent preparation for students interested in a teaching career, the legal profession, or advanced work in the discipline. Students wishing to become business executives, administrators, and public servants profit immensely by gaining the methodological skills of the historian. Historians learn to gather, synthesize, analyze, and interpret evidence; they become skilled in presenting their conclusions to a general audience in a lucid and logical manner. Political Science is an excellent foundation for a broadly based education in the liberal arts.

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements


  • POLS 001 – Introduction to American Government and Politics (3)


  • POLS 002 – Comparative Government (3)
  • POLS 006 – The US and World Politics (3)
  • POLS 007 – Principles of Political Science (3)
  • POLS 022 – Introduction to Political Theory (3)
  • STAT 018 - Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences (4)
    or STAT 050 - Elementary Statistics (4)


  • ANTH 002 – Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ECON 001A – Principles of Economics (3)
  • ECON 001B – Principles of Economics (3)
  • GEOG 002 – Cultural Geography (3)
  • POLS 021 – Introduction to Political Economy (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate through original written and/or oral analysis their ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in a global context.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and critique the value of varied sources of historical information including professional lectures, secondary texts, primary documents, visual arts, fiction, oral histories, community studies, and/or current journalistic reports.
  3. Demonstrate responsibility as self-directed listeners, readers, and researchers.
  4. Compare and contrast the experiences and issues of subsets of minorities with that of mainstream in power, including concerns of race, class, and gender.
  5. Demonstrate respect for diversity of opinions on historical debates.
  6. Apply the analysis of Political Science to create a plan for fulfilling civic responsibilities as community and international citizens.

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 18-19
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.