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2024-25 Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog

Political Science, AA (with Designation)

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Career Opportunities

The Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in Political Science prepares students to transfer as a junior to a four-year institution in Colorado in order to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in political science. Students who opt for a bachelor’s degree in political science may choose to work in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, electoral politics, research or education. Once a BA is completed, students may pursue a higher or graduate degree in political science if interested.

Program Description

The Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in Political Science includes the course work to meet general education requirements that are common to all Colorado four-year institutions. The degree is designed for students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science. Completion of the AA degree completes the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and guarantees transfer at junior standing with no more than 60 remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, you must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work
  2. Earn a minimum of 15 graded semester hours at PCC
  3. Earn a minimum of “C” in all coursework for the degree

Consult with a PCC Arts and Sciences advisor or transfer advisor to find out which Colorado Statewide Guaranteed Transfer Courses (GT Pathways) or elective courses meet the degree requirements of the four-year college to which you plan to transfer.

To earn an AA degree with a designation in political science, you must complete at least 60 college-level credits, as described below:

Total Credits: 60

* Refer to CCCS Guaranteed Transfer (GT) - Pathways Courses  for a full list of all GT Pathway Courses

General Education Core Requirements (32 Credits)

Written Communication (6 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

  • Select from a GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT 1260  *

Natural and Physical Sciences (8 Credits)

  • Select two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1) *

Arts and Humanities (6 Credits)

Select two GT Pathway courses from any category

  • (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) *

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits)

History (3 Credits)

  • Select one GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) *

Additional Required Political Science Courses (12 Credits)

Electives (16 Credits)

Determined by transferring institution

Transfer Degrees

This degree transfers to the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education:

  • Adams State University (B.A. History, Anthropology, & Political Science: Political Science)
  • Colorado Mesa University (B.A. Political Science)
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (B.A. Political Science)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (B.A. Political Science; B.S. Political Science)
  • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Political Science)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Political Science)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. Political Science)
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (B.A. Political Science)
  • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A. Political Science)
  • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Political Science)
  • Western State Colorado University (B.A. Politics & Government)

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