Cerro Coso Community College

Political Science for Transfer

Political Science AA-T

What can I do with this?

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AS-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Political Science Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Prepares students for transfer at the junior level to California State University programs and colleges offering bachelor's degrees in Political Science and careers in
    • Government
    • International Affairs
    • NGOs
    • Nonprofit Associations and Organizations
    • Legal Organizations
    • Campaign and Electoral work
    • Education
    • Journalism

Political Science teaches students to think critically about voting and elections, political parties, campaign financing, interest groups, media, law and courts, civil rights and liberties, political theory and ideology, and international relations.

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

What will I learn?

  • To identify the structure and operation of the U.S. and other political systems.
  • To distinguish among the diverse and competing ideas and theories that inform politics in the U.S. and other political systems.
  • To analyze the theoretical and practical benefits and responsibilities of citizenship in nation-states and democracies, and the U.S. specifically.
  • To apply the major analytic and theoretical frameworks in the different fields of political science and be able to formulate questions and evaluate argument and hypotheses based on these frameworks.
  • To analyze the social institutions and social and cultural norms in the U.S. and other political systems in terms of how they influence, and are influenced by, political and government institutions and processes.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Required Core: 3 units minimum

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. The course includes the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course covers the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

List A: 9 units minimum

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055

54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. Topics from algebra are combined with applications in statistics in the lab portion of the class. This course applies to the degree requirements for students not majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course introduces students to the comparative analysis of government and politics. A number of key political concepts are discussed, which include statehood, democracy and democratization, governmental institutions and political systems, and the development of parties and interest groups. Course concepts are applied to a variety of modern nations to illustrate different political systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of various theoretical approaches to politics, as well as basic political problems and their proposed solutions. The course also covers analysis of selected political theories and the relevance of theory to contemporary problems. Students are introduced to long standing debates over the nature of justice, the proper use of power, and the meanings of equality and freedom and their implications for the contemporary state and state policies. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: MATH C121

54 hours lecture. This course covers research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as proper reporting of results in American Psychological Association (APA) style. These methods include research design (experimental, non-experimental, and quasi-experimental), the interpretation of behavioral data using descriptive and inferential statistics, and research ethics. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D7, Local GE Area 2.

List B: 6 units minimum

Advisory: ENGL C070.

54 hours lecture. This course analyzes social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present. Students compare and contrast cultural traditions, practices and beliefs, and discuss the associated environmental and social factors that shape human cultures. Approved for IGETC Area 4A, CSU GE Area D1, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course covers macro and micro economic concepts as they apply to current economic problems for the non-economics and non-business major. Students analyze the market forces of supply and demand, evaluate economic issues, and examine the efficiency of resource allocation. Economics C101 is a survey of economics for non-economics majors. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

54 hours lecture. This is an introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of the United States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of the United States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

54 hours lecture. This course introduces concepts and research findings of contemporary sociology; this includes analyzing human groups such as the family, the peer group, the work group, social class, institutions, mass behavior, and culture. Discussion is centered on the effects of social change in an industrial society. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D10, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of sex, gender, and sexuality in the modern world, particularly in the United States, and includes historical, cross-cultural, psychological, sociological, and political aspects. The focus of this course is analysis and discussion of sex and gender relations in the home, family, and the work place, politics, law, the mass media, and health care systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D4, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

54 hours lecture. In this course, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The course covers the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and the patterns of interaction among various racial and ethnic groups. Through multiple and varied readings and classroom discussion, students discover the interrelatedness of concepts such as race, class, and gender, and the roots and future of our “melting pot” society. Approved for IGETC Area 4C or 4D, CSU GE Area D3 or D4, Local GE Area 2 or 3, & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

54 hours lecture. This course provides a sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. It explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Students discuss social research of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU Area D10, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Pathways

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All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV CC Online

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $19,740 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $23,340 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

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