Social Sciences: Political Science Specialization, A.S.

Associate of Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Loudoun

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
Choose One
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PLS 135 U.S. Government and Politics
PLS 241 Introduction to International Relations 3
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
Choose One
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
PLS 136 State and Local Government and Politics 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total 16
3rd Semester
4CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
6SOC Elective 3
Total 16
4th Semester
PLS 200 Introduction to Political and Democratic Theory 3
7 General Education Elective 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
8 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Elective
1HIS
3
Choose One
MTH
154
3
U.S. Government and Politics
PLS
135
Introduction to International Relations
PLS
241
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
Choose One
Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts
ITE
115
3
Information Literacy
ITE
119
2MTH
245
3
State and Local Government and Politics
PLS
136
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Total 16
3rd Semester
4CST
110
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
5
3
PLS
140
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Elective
6SOC
3
Total 16
4th Semester
Introduction to Political and Democratic Theory
PLS
200
3
General Education Elective
7
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
5
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
8
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60

1 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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 262  and MTH 264.

3 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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

See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

Select any SOC course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

See any course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

8 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

 

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