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Political & Social Studies

This Area of Concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Political Science. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Program objectives


Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. write clearly on issues of domestic and international politics;

  2. prepare for active citizenship and begin to develop an ongoing interest in national and global politics with participation as a civically engaged member of society;

  3. analyze political and policy problems and formulate options and strategies;

  4. apply internet and traditional library resources to research key local, state, national and international issues;

  5. demonstrate critical thinking and research skills including the ability to form an argument, detect misconceptions about key issues of policy and politics; and

  6. evaluate the concepts and theories of major political thinkers, authors and philosophers.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with lab 4 Credit(s). 

  • Program Electives (POLS 111 , POLS 105 , and POLS 141 recommended) 9 Credit(s). 

  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 111 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credit(s).

  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 112 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

  • Program Electives 8 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

Political science is devoted to understanding systems of government, political activity and events. It examines the practice of politics and power locally, nationally, and on the international stage. Politics plays a critical role in the shaping of our government, our laws, and our society.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration – Political Science

Program Code

A 255

Contacts and Additional Information


Program Coordinator:

John Dedie
443-840-2408 or

Additional Information:

  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Political Science, see PortfolioCLEP, and Advanced Placement. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.

  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.




Social Sciences Pathway


Courses Needed for This Area of Concentration*

General Education - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 


Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.



  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).

  • Information Technology (CSIT 120 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).

  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Concentration Requirements:
Two-Semester Sequence:

Choose a two-semester sequence from the following list:

Critical Thinking:

Choose one from this list:

Program Electives:

Select 18-23 credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree.  Additional electives beyond the list below may be used to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits. Electives should be chosen based on transfer institution requirements.

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