Political Science

Associate of Arts Degree

Center for Performing Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences
CCD.edu/Poli-Sci

Political Science Designation

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in political science is designed for you to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at CCD and transfer to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in political science. In this program, you will explore governmental structure and processes. Political science is the study of the political process, and you will learn to understand the difference between an opinion and an argument. Political science graduates have a passion for political life not only locally, but also globally. You will discover the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy. This program introduces you to political science and it includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado.

Careers often require a B.A. degree or higher. Career paths for political science degree holders include much more than running for political office. They also include public service, law, international relations, business, political campaigns and working for charitable organizations. The A.A. degree in political science prepares you to complete the second half of a B.A. in political science at a four-year university. 

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1,2 3
POS 105 Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1 1 3
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 3
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
World Literature to 1600: GT-AH2  
American Literature After Civil War: GT-AH2  
Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: GT-AH1  
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Choose One Elective 3
Colorado History: GT-HI1  
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1  
Logic: GT-AH3  
Sociology of Diversity: GT-SS3  
Psychology of Personality: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 2 3
POS 111 American Government: GT-SS1 3
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
World Literature to 1600: GT-AH2  
American Literature After Civil War: GT-AH2  
Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: GT-AH1  
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Choose One Elective 3
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
US History Since 1945: GT-HI1  
Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1  
Logic: GT-AH3  
Sociology of Diversity: GT-SS3  
Psychology of Personality: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics: GT-SS1 3
POS 225 Comparative Government: GT-SS1 3
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography: Landforms with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography - Weather and Climate with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Elective 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Survey of World Music: GT-AH1  
Introduction to Shakespeare: GT-AH2  
Contemporary Social Problems: GT-SS3  
US Foreign Relations History: GT-HI1  
Literature of Women: GT-AH2  
Choose One Elective 3
Psychology of Gender: GT-SS3  
Psychology of Leadership  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Interpersonal Communication  
Public Speaking  
Goddesses and Women in Ancient World: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
POS 205 International Relations: GT-SS1 3
POS 280 Internship 1
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
U.S. History Since the Civil War: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
History of Islamic Civilization: GT-HI1  
Women in World History: GT-HI1  
US Foreign Relations History: GT-HI1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography: Landforms with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography - Weather and Climate with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Elective 3
Psychology of Gender: GT-SS3  
Psychology of Leadership  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Interpersonal Communication  
Public Speaking  
Goddesses and Women in Ancient World: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal14
 Total Credits60
1

Building Block Course

2

Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122

3

One gtPathways mathematics course (GT-MA1), but not MAT 155 or 156