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Politics affects many aspects of our lives, including education, health care, law enforcement, and more. Studying political science gives you insight into how governments operate, how elections work, and how policies are developed and enforced. Political science is also integral to understanding your rights and responsibilities as a citizen and to gaining an understanding of domestic and international affairs. 

MCC’s courses on American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory will introduce you to political concepts, political behavior, policy issues, and structures of government within societies and among nations. Get started on this dynamic pathway today.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Political Science (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8120
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Political Science Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Arts Political Science
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Science Political Science
Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus Bachelor of Science Political Science
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Arts Political Science
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Science Political Science
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts Political Science
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Arts Political Science, State and Local Public Policy Emphasis
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Arts Political Science, Legal Studies Emphasis

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Develop and sustain a lifelong interest in local, national, and global civic engagement through active citizenship.
  • Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic political concepts, systems, and theories.
  • Apply knowledge of politics by using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of multiple sub-fields of political science.
  • Appraise a situation, formulate an argument; collect, evaluate, and utilize evidence about key issues of public policy and politics.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for a diverse, political world.
  • Collaborate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals.

Career Opportunities

Studying political science can offer a wide range of career opportunities. After all, for as long as humans form communities, there will be a need for people who understand governance in theory and practice. Political science majors can find opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

With an education in political science, you might choose to pursue opportunities in a variety of areas.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Political Science program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$88,275

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses, term credit totals, and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
POS110 American National Government Critical course Gateway course SB 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Critical Course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
POS210 Political Ideologies SB 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
CS

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

Pathway Map Option Details

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Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–4
1 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 0–3
2 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government It is recommended that students take 6 credits from POS120, POS140 or POS130. G, SB or SB or G, SB 3
2 Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
2 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 0–3
3 Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
3 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 0–3
4 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government It is recommended that students take 6 credits from POS120, POS140 and POS130. G, SB or SB or G, SB 3–6
4 Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 0–3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
2 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government Students must select 6 credits from POS120, or POS140 or POS130. G, SB or SB or SB 3
2 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
3 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
4 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government It is recommended that students take 6 credits from POS120, POS140 and POS130. G, SB or SB or G, SB 3–6
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
2 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government It is recommended that students take 6 credits from POS120, POS140 and POS130. G, SB or SB or G, SB 3
2 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
3 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
4 POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government It is recommended that students take 6 credits from POS120, POS140 and POS130. G, SB or SB or G, SB 3–6
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. or Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3–5
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. or Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST. 3–5
2 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST. 3
3 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. or Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3–5
4 Language Second Language Requirement If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 POS Elective Political Science Elective Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST. 3–5
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 POS Elective Political Science Elective Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST. 3
2 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, ECN, GCU, HST, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC, or WST. 3
3 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. or Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3–5
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3
4 Related Course Related Area Course Must transfer to ASU as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in one of the following ASU course prefixes: AES, AFR, AIS, APA, ASB, ASM, COM, ECN, FAS, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, MIS, PHI, PSY, REL, SGS, SOC, TCL, or WST 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. or Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 5
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. or Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 3
3 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. or Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 5
4 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. or Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 3–5
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 POS Elective Political Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
3 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective Students may select up to 15 credits of course work that transfers to NAU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective. 0–3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. 5
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Political Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. 3
3 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. 5
4 Language or
POS Elective
Second Language Requirement or Politcal Science Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. POS Elective recommended. 3–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, State and Local Public Policy Emphasis

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, State and Local Public Policy Emphasis option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 POS Elective Political Science Elective 3
3 POS130 State and Local Government SB 3
4 POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy SB 3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective 3
4 POS Elective Political Science Elective


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies Emphasis

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies Emphasis option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
2 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective 3
3 POS Elective Political Science Elective 3
4 POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy SB 3
4 POS Elective Politcal Science Elective 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019