Political Science, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree (AA-T in Political Science) program prepares students to analyze practices of power by evaluating the policy-making functions of government, both in the United States and in other countries, social movements, war, and revolution, among other topics. Political science majors receive thorough training in a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods and learn to conduct research on topics of interest to contemporary political scientists, preparing them for transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Political Science or related area. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the primary theories and methods associated with the four major subfields of the political science.
  • Explain the relationship of political outcomes (i.e., constitutions, laws, treaties, wars, etc.) to the institutional structures that have produced them.
  • Identify the primary variables in the political development of the institutions of U.S. government.
  • Relate the primary theories of political motivation to the actions of political actors, both individual and institutional.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select three courses from the following:9
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to Political Theory and Thought
Introduction to International Relations
List A
Select two courses from the following:6-7
Any Required Core course not already selected
Politics of Developing Countries
Introduction to Political Science Research Methods
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Gender in American Politics
Politics of Migration and Citizenship
Politics in Film
Introduction to the Politics of Identity
List B
Select one course from the following:3-4
Any Required Core or List A course not already selected
Principles of Economics: Macro
Principles of Economics: Micro
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Additional Requirements41-42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
Elementary Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
POLS 1 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
Elective (LIBR 50 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
POLS 2 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 3
IGETC Area 3B (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
POLS 4 Introduction to International Relations 3
Principles of Economics: Macro
or Principles of Economics: Micro
IGETC Area 3A 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
POLS 3 Introduction to Political Theory and Thought 3
IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) or Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 5
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.