Behavioral and Social Sciences Division
This degree provides students with an introduction to political science. Students will acquire knowledge of fundamental political theory, intergovernmental relations, international law, and the principal functions of the government of the United States as well as differing political systems. Upon successful program completion, students will be able to identify, explain and critically analyze different theories and political themes underlying contemporary issues and policymaking. The degree prepares students for transfer to a CSU and a political science major. Students will continue studies in government, politics and law. Competencies will be assessed regularly through examinations, essays, projects, and reports.
The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing the AA-T are given priority consideration for admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn an AA-T degree, students must complete:
- Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
- A grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Students who have completed the AA-T will have a strong academic foundation in the field and will be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study at the university.
The coursework will satisfy most of the lower-division requirements at many institutions within the California State University system. Students transferring to a UC, private, or out-of-state university should consult with an El Camino College counselor when planning to complete the degree since transfer requirements may be slightly different than those required for the AA-T.