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POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political science, the systematic and rigorous study of government, public policy and of the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, is becoming increasingly crucial in a complex and controversial world. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life.

Social Sciences Division

Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

For more information contact:
Ann Yarchin

Division Coordinator
ayarchin@gwc.cccd.edu
714-892-7711 x58125

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Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science For Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science For Transfer

Political science, the systematic and rigorous study of government, public policy and the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, is becoming increasingly crucial in a complex and controversial world. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications, and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life. The goal of the Associate in Arts in Political Science for transfer degree (ADT) is to provide students with an understanding of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, ideological systems and diversity. Courses in this degree are designed to introduce students to the field of political science and the primary subfields of political science, and to equip students with the specialized research and analytical skills necessary to examine political issues. This analytical framework will familiarize students with the more generalized problem-solving skills sufficient to allow them to make valuable contributions to any vocation or enterprise they pursue.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of important findings, theories, and changing issues relevant to political science;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about political issues and evaluate theories’ and arguments’ major assertions, background assumptions, the evidence used to support assertions, and their explanatory value;
  • Utilize appropriate investigative methods and appropriate technologies to access relevant research;
  • Manage information and prepare and present their work effectively.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Political Science for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core
Political Science G180 – American Government – 3 units

List A – Select three courses from: (9-10 units)
Political Science G150 – Political Philosophy – 3 units
Political Science G185 – Comparative Politics – 3 units
Political Science G110 – International Relations – 3 units
Political Science G100 – Introduction to Political Science – 3 units
Mathematics G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

List B – Select two courses from: (6 units)
Any List A course not used above
Political Science G101 – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
Political Science G120 – Principles of United Nations – 3 units
Political Science G130 – Law in American Society – 3 units

Total units: 18-19


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science For Transfer

Semester 1
PSCI G180 (Core) – American Government – 3 units (required)
PSCI G100 (Fall only) (List A) – Introduction to PSCI – 3 units

Recommended General Education
English G100/G100H – Freshman Composition – 4 units

Semester 2
PSCI G185 (Spring only) (List A) – Comparative Politics – 3 units
and/or
MATH G160 (List A) – Intro To Statistics – 4 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
PSCI G110* (Fall only) (List A) – International Relations – 3 units
and/or
PSCI G120* (Fall only) (List B) – Principles of the UN – 3 units
and/or
PSCI G150* (Fall only) (List A) – Political Philosophy – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
PSCI G101* (Spring only) (List B) – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
and/or
PSCI G130* (Spring only) (List B) – Law in American Society – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18-19 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that can be double counted: 9 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 11-14 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max) 60 units
( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

*Students in the 3rd and 4th semesters would do well to decide whether to focus on international courses (G110 and G101 or G120) or to focus on theory and law (G150 and G130) for their electives.


Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science

Political science, the systematic and rigorous study of government, public policy and the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, is becoming increasingly crucial in a complex and controversial world. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life. The goal of the Associate in Arts Degree in Political Science is to provide students with an understanding of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, ideological systems and diversity. Courses in this major are designed to introduce students to the field of political science and the primary subfields of political science, and to equip students with the specialized research and analytical skills necessary to examine political issues. This analytical framework will familiarize students with the more generalized problem-solving skills sufficient to allow them to make valuable contributions to any vocation or enterprise they pursue.

This Associate in Arts in Political Science is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a university. This degree may be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU transfer system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of important findings, theories, and changing issues relevant to political science;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about political issues and evaluate theories’ and arguments’ major assertions, background assumptions, the evidence used to support assertions, and their explanatory value;
  • Utilize appropriate investigative methods and appropriate technologies to access relevant research;
  • Manage information and prepare and present their work effectively.
Required Courses:

Political Science G110 – International Relations – 3 units
PSCI G180/G180H American Government, Honors – 3 units
PSCI G185 Comparative Politics – 3 units

Choose three additional courses from the following:
PSCI G101 Survey of Current Issues – 3 units
PSCI G120/G120H Principles of United Nations, Honors – 3 units
PSCI G130 Law in American Society – 3 units
PSCI G100 Introduction to Political Science – 3 units
PSCI G150 Political Philosophy – 3 units

Total units: 18


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Political Science

Semester 1
PSCI G180 – American Government – 3 units (required)
PSCI G100 (Fall only) – Introduction to PSCI – 3 units (elective)

Recommended General Education
English G100/G100H – Freshman Composition – 4 units

Semester 2
PSCI G185 (Spring only) – Comparative Politics – 3 units (required)

General Education
MATH G160 – Intro. To Statistics – 4 units

Semester 3
PSCI G110 (Fall only) – International Relations – 3 units (required)

PSCI G120* (Fall only) – Principles of the UN – 3 units (elective)
and/or
PSCI G150* (Fall only) – Political Philosophy – 3 units (elective)

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
PSCI G101* (Spring only) – Survey of Current Issues – 3 units (elective)
and/or
PSCI G130* (Spring only) – Law in American Society – 3 units (elective)

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

*Students in the 3rd and 4th semesters would do well to decide whether to focus on international courses (G101 or G120) or to focus on theory and law (G150 and G130) for their electives.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to political science designed to familiarize students with basic political concepts, political ideologies, political systems, models of political analysis and political science subfields. C-ID POLS 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G101 – 3 Units
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Survey of Current Issues
This course is a survey of contemporary political issues confronting the United States and the global community. The focus will be on issues and problems of political significance such as terrorism, globalization and nuclear proliferation. The course provides students with the necessary tools to analyze opposing viewpoints and develop argumentation skills. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G105 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Global Studies
Advisories: English G100
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies. Topics will include the history of globalization and an examination of the process of globalization, including the inter-relatedness of economic, political, social, cultural, ecological and technological factors and developments. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G110 – 3 Units
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International Relations
This course provides an introduction to world politics as it relates to national conflict and international cooperation. Important to this course is an examination of various levels of governmental and non-governmental actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G120 – 3 Units
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Principles of United Nations
Advisories: College-level reading and writing skills
This course studies the United Nations and related international organizations, focusing on the role of the United Nations in world politics. This course also introduces students to the theory and practice of international diplomacy. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G130 – 3 Units
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Law in American Society
Advisories: College level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills
This course provides a general survey of American Law and its English origins. It is intended as an introduction to the legal system and to acquaint the student to elements of law that affect legal relationships. The focus is on the United States Constitution and selected Supreme Court decisions on issues of civil rights and liberties. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G150 – 3 Units
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Political Philosophy
(Same as: Philosophy G150)
This course introduces students to traditional philosophical issues concerning politics. Students will actively engage in an analysis of normative issues using historical insight as well as contemporary approaches. Among these issues are the nature of legitimate authority, political obligation, natural rights, equality and justice. The course emphasizes selections from the major works of such political philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Mill. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G180 – 3 Units
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American Government
(Formerly known as: U.S. Government)
This course examines the American political system. Topics include an examination of the history, constitutional framework, institutions, and functions of the American and California political systems and the principles, processes and issues that affect them. Additionally, this course will discuss current issues, examine the decision-making process and how these decisions affect society. This course satisfies the CSU requirement on the Constitution of the United States and local government.UC Credit Limitations: Political Science G180 and G180H combined—maximum credit, one Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G185 – 3 Units
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Comparative Politics
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Government (Comparative))
This course introduces the field of comparative politics by providing a study of political systems, government structures and popular ideologies in selected developed and developing countries. Major themes will include development, nation/state building and democratization. Recommended for students interested in governments and politics throughout the world. C-ID POLS 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

POLITICAL SCIENCE G205 – 3 Units
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Global Issues
Advisories: Political Science G105 and English G100 and G110 or Philosophy G115
This course develops global competency skills and examines the origins, current status, and future trends of major issues confronting the global community. The focus will be on issues and problems of global significance such as nation-state building, global governance, population and urbanization trends, economic development and inequality, basic human needs and human rights, international conflict and security concerns, and environmental problems. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Political Science will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
Maritime Academy
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

The following are small sample of careers for political scientists. For more on the career potential for those with degrees in political science, check out the list of career sectors for political science .

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Archivist
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Attorney
Banking Analyst
Campaign Staff
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office Staffer
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Adviser
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt’l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Data Scientist
Editor of Journals or Books
Entrepreneur
Environmental Policy Analyst
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Freelance Writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Technology Officer
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Journalist, Political Correspondent
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Lawyer
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Mediator
Non-Profit Program Manager
Paralegal
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Polling/Survey Analyst
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Teacher
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor

Margot Bowlby
Instructor, Political Science
B.A., University of California at San Diego; M.A., California State University at Long Beach; further graduate study:  University of California at San Diego.
mbowlby@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711 x51286
Office ADM 227

Part-time faculty:

  • Craig R Becker
  • Charles Clinch
  • Stewart  A. Frame
  • Manuel T. Ontiveros
  • Shirin  Sahani