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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 Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)

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.

City and Regional Planning Aides

$49,771

Lawyers

$109,906

Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

$56,457

Political Scientists

$95,812

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$88,286

Public Relations Specialists

$55,840

Reporters and Correspondents

$53,472

Social and Community Service Managers

$58,365

Social Science Research Assistants

$49,771

* 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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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
15-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Critical Course FYC 3
POS110 American National Government Critical course Gateway course SB 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language Course If Language 101 exempt, choose a 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) 4–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-17
POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
Related Area
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Related Area Course If CRE101 exempt, complete a related area 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 L 3
Language Any 102 Level Foreign Language Course If Language 102 exempt, choose a 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) 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
17
POS210 Political Ideologies SB 3
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Course 3
Language Any 201 Level Foreign Language Course If Language 201 exempt, choose a 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) 4
COM225 Public Speaking COM225 carries L Value fulfills one Related Area Course L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
17
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140 or
POS Elective
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government or Any POS Elective Course POS120 carries G, SB Values.
POS130 carries SB Value.
POS140 carries G, SB Values.
Must transfer to ASU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective
G, SB or SB or G, SB 3
Language Any 202 Level Foreign Language Course If Language 202 exempt, choose a 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) 4
POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140 or
POS Elective
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government or Any POS Elective Course POS120 carries G, SB Values.
POS130 carries SB Value.
POS140 carries G, SB Values.
Must transfer to ASU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective
G, SB or SB or G, SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3
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
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Critical Course FYC 3
POS110 American National Government Critical course Gateway course SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
Related Area
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Related Area Course If CRE101 exempt, complete a related area 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 G, SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
11-12
MAT140 College Mathematics MA 5
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
COM225 Public Speaking COM225 carries L Value and Related Area Course L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
POS120 or
POS140
World Politics or Comparative Government G, SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
SQ Natural Sciences Course 4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
POS210 Political Ideologies SB 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
Language Any 101 Level Foreign Language Course If Language 101 exempt, choose a 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) 4
POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140 or
POS Elective
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government or POS Elective Course POS120 carries G, SB Values
POS130 carries SB Value
POS140 carries G, SB Values
Must transfer to ASU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective
G, SB or SB or G, SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
SQ or SG Any SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course 4
Language Any 102 language Course If Language 102 exempt, choose a 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

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
POS120 or
POS130 or
POS140 or
POS Elective
World Politics or State and Local Government or Comparative Government or Any POS Elective Course POS120 carries G, SB Values
POS130 carries SB Value
POS140 carries G, SB Values
Must transfer to ASU as a POS direct equivalent or a POS departmental elective
G, SB or SB or G, SB 3
Language Any 201 language Course If Language 201 exempt, choose a 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) 4–5

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
4-5
Language Any 202 language Course If Language 202 exempt, choose a 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) 4–5

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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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Political Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134149).

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