2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science Associate of Arts

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The curriculum in the Political Science Associate of Arts Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate Degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field such as pre-law, economics, history and journalism, earning the associate degree may support attempts to gain entry level employment in government, advocacy jobs, and lobbyist professions.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and problems of politics in the United States and globally.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic systems, theories, ideologies, and models of political analysis.
  • Explore specialized fields of study, including international relations, comparative politics, and political philosophy and theory.


Course ID Title Units
PS 1  or American Government 3
PS 1H   Honors American Government 3
PS 4   Introduction to Political Science 3
PS 12   Comparative Politics and Government 3
PS 14   International Relations 3
  Select from Restricted Electives 6



RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: Select two courses
ECON 2  * or Principles (MACRO) 3
ECON 2H  * Honors Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 4  * or Principles (MICRO) 3
ECON 4H  * Honors Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 11  or International Political Economy 3
PS 11   International Political Economy 3
HIST 16    History of the United States to 1876 3
HIST 17   History of the United States since 1876 3
MATH 10   Introduction to Statistics 3
PS 10H   Honors Political Theory 3
PS 80   Introduction to Contemporary Africa 3
SOC 1   Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1H   Honors Introduction to Sociology 3
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.


Associate of Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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