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Political Science Associate of Arts

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at the community college and transfer to a university to complete a BA in Political Science. Students explore governmental structure and processes. Careers often require a BA degree or higher. Political Science is the study of the political process, and its students understand the difference between an opinion and an argument. Political science graduates have a passion for political life not only locally, but also globally. Students will discover the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy. This program introduces students to Political Science and it includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado. Career paths for Political Science degree holders include much more than running for political office. They also include public service, law, international relations, business, political campaigns, and working for charitable organizations. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Political Science prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science at a four-year university.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
POS 105Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1

3

ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

ECO 202Principles of Microeconomics: GT-SS1

3

GT- HI1HIS 122/236 or Any GT-HI1

3

GT- AHPHI 111/112 or Any GT-AH

3

Total Credit Hours:15
 

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
POS 111American Government: GT-SS1

3

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1

3

GT- MA1MAT 135/121 or Any GT-MA1

3

ELECTIVE HIS 247 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15
 

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
POS 225Comparative Government: GT-SS1

3

GT- SC1ENV 101, GEO 111/112, or Any GT-SC1

4

GT- AHLIT 115 or Any GT-AH

3

ELECTIVE SOC 101 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

ELECTIVE PSY 102 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

Total Credit Hours:16
Semester Notes: POS 225 is offered at Larimer Campus in the fall semester and Westminster Campus in spring semester. 

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
POS 205International Relations: GT-SS1

3

GT- SC1ENV 101, GEO 111/112, or Any GT-SC1

4

ELECTVE COM 115 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

ELECTIVE GEO 105/106 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

ELECTIVE PSY 226 or Any Approved Elective List Course

1

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Notes: POS 205 is offered at Larimer Campus in spring semester and Westminster Campus in fall semester. 

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), ECO 201 and ECO 202 are required Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS) courses.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), if POS 105, POS 111, POS 225, and/or POS 225 are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you must take two gtPathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), additional Political Science (POS) courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above may not count toward the Political Science major at the receiving 4-year institution. See explanation in Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA) under the Limitation section.

If you take MAT 120 and/or more credits in mathematics or science than are listed, it will reduce the 16 credits of electives neededYou must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 creditsYou may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.

You may take POS 205 and POS 225 in either Semester 3 or Semester 4. You should take the course that is offered at your preferred campus or online depending on course availability.  POS 225 is offered at Larimer Campus in the fall semester and Westminster Campus in spring semester. POS 205 is offered at Larimer Campus in spring semester and Westminster Campus in fall semester. Campus offerings vary by semester. You must take BOTH POS 205 and POS 225 to successfully complete the AA degree in Political Science.