Political Science AA-T

Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer

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The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Spanish.

California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.

This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions.

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer is designed to involve students in the examination of the structure of government and the political systems in our and other nations. The curriculum covers the interaction and responsibilities of citizens and social institutions in those systems.

This program offers insights into these events on the local, state, national and international levels and these insights also encourage involvement of the citizenry. Students completing this program successfully will be able to identify and explain the sources of and reasons for democratic government.

Students will also be able to classify and explain the various kinds of governments other nations have. In addition, students will be able to define and trace the historical development of the modern international system.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and describe major political institutions.
  • Students will be able to analyze the exercise of power.
  • Students will be able to apply theories and concepts of Political Science to real world events and situations.

What is an AA-T

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found on the

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the CSU Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC).


  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.

Required Core Course

Choose one (1)

Code Class Units
POL 001 American Government (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 001H American Government - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List A - Select Three (3) Courses from the Following

Only one (1) Statistics course can be used and is highly recommended

Code Class Units
POL 002 Comparative Government (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 003 Introduction to Political Theory (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 004 International Relations (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 005 Political Science Research Methodology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MAT 009 Integrated Statistics II (5.0 Lecture) 5.0
MAT 010 Elementary Statistics (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
MAT 010H Elementary Statistics - Honors (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
SOC 016 Introduction to Statistics in Social And Behavioral Sciences (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List B - Select two (2) courses from any course not selected from List A or from the following
Code Class Units
POL 006 Politics of Race, Class and Gender (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 007 International Films (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 020 Controversial Legal Issues (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GEO 002 Introduction to Cultural Geography (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GEO 006 World Regional Geography (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ECN 001A Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
ECN 001B Principles of Microeconomics (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
ECN 006 The Global Economy (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BUS 028A Business Law I (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ANT 003 Cultural Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
Required Units for the Major
Required units for the major 18.0-21.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units for the AA-T 60.0

Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Ability to communicate
  • Media skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Argue and debate points
  • Leadership
  • Active listening
  • Ability to plan and develop strategies
  • Using history and data in decision making
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to build consensus
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Understanding data
Career Paths
If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.
Select Jobs in the Field
  • Politician or Political Campaign Staff
  • Lawyer
  • Activist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Marketing Research