Political Science Pathway

Associate of Arts (AA) - 60 credits

About this program
The Political Science Transfer Pathway AA offers students the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated political science bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the methods and concepts used in the study of political science.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with political institutions and processes.
  3. Develop skills that enable participation in public and civic life.
  4. Reflect on their own political, social and cultural values as they relate to the study of political science.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
Tracks

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
6 Required courses
12 Restricted electives in courses
21 Restricted electives in MnTC Goal Areas
21 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Pathway Track

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS2204 Comparative Government 3
POLS2206 Global Politics 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COMM1130 Small Group Communication 3
COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS1130 State and Local Government 3
POLS2204 Comparative Government 3
POLS2206 Global Politics 3
POLS2950 Introduction to Social Research 3

6 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
5. History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

9 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

21 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
Plans

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1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COMM1130 Small Group Communication 3
COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
5. History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

6 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS2204 Comparative Government 3
POLS2206 Global Politics 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

6 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS1130 State and Local Government 3
POLS2204 Comparative Government 3
POLS2206 Global Politics 3
POLS2950 Introduction to Social Research 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals