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Associate in Arts

Political Science Concentration

The student who is interested in studying political science is exposed to a broad range of courses which cover not only the structure and operation of national governmental institutions, but also more generally political thought, governments, other than our own, and international relations. Students who complete this concentration are prepared for transfer to a bachelor's program.

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

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First SemesterCredits
ENL101 English Composition I 3
  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 (or) 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts (COM103 suggested) 3
GOV111 American Government 3
    Elective 3
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102   English Composition II 3
    Natural or Physical Science 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
GOV101   Comparative Politics 3
GEO104   Geography: Culture & Environment 3
Third SemesterCredits
    Natural or Physical Science 3 (or) 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
GOV102   International Relations 3
HIS103   U.S. History to 1865 3
    Elective 3
Fourth SemesterCredits
HIS104   U.S. History since 1865 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Concentration Elective 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 2–3
Total Credits 60–61

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

Note: The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements.

COM105 Survey of Mass Communication
COM203 Public Speaking
COM204 Persuasive Communication
COM207 Argumentation and Debate
COM213 Advanced Debate
ECO117 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO118 Principles of Microeconomics
HIS119 World History to 1500 CE
HIS120 World History from 1500 CE
PHI130 Introduction to Philosophy
PSY101 General Psychology
REL122 Concepts of Western Religion
REL123 Concepts of Eastern Religion
SOC106 Principles of Sociology

This concentration is for students interested in any level of government, political involvement, the Foreign Service, the law profession, teaching, pubic administration,  or liberal arts. Students should note that entry-level job requirements in these areas almost always call for a minimum of a bachelor's degree and knowledge of a foreign language is recommended.

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