Social Sciences: Political Science Specialization, A.S.

Associate of Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Loudoun, NOVA Online

This program is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to students entering the junior level at four-year colleges and universities.

Transfer Information

This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1HIS Elective 3
2MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PLS 120 Introduction to Political Science 3
Choose One
3PLS 135 American National Politics 3
PLS 241 International Relations I
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
4 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
3PLS 136 State and Local Politics 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
5CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
4 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
7PLS Elective 3
8SOC Elective 3
Total 16
4th Semester
9 General Education Electives 3
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
7PLS Elective 3
10 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Elective
1HIS
3
2MTH
154
3
PLS
120
3
Choose One
3PLS
135
3
PLS
241
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
ITE
115
3
2MTH
245
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
4
4
3PLS
136
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
5CST
110
3
6
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
4
4
Elective
7PLS
3
Elective
8SOC
3
Total 16
4th Semester
General Education Electives
9
3
6
3
Elective
7PLS
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
10
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60

1 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives. HIS 101-HIS 102 is recommended.

2 Many universities require MTH 154 or higher while others require MTH 161 or MTH 162 or higher, often including a statistics course for majors in the social sciences. It is, therefore, important that students confer with a counselor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses for their intended transfer university. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 162 and MTH 264.

3 Students who take PLS 135 must also take PLS 136. Students who take PLS 241 must also choose from one of the following courses: PLS 140, PLS 200, PLS 242, PLS 250, PLS 255, or SSC 115.

4 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

5 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

6 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution. Students who plan to transfer into a B.A. program should take intermediate-level foreign language to fulfill these electives.

7 PLS electives include any of the following: PLS 135, PLS 136, PLS 140, PLS 211, PLS 212, PLS 225, PLS 241, PLS 242, PLS 250, PLS 255, and SSC 115.

8 SOC 200, SOC 211, or SOC 212 is recommended to meet the sociology requirement at many universities.

9 See any of the courses listed under General Education Electives.

10 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

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