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Political Science

Begin your path to politics or community / public service with an Associate of Arts transfer degree in Political Science.

Political Science student studying

Do you dream of making a difference in politics or through community service? Your degree in Political Science is the first step on your path to a career in politics or community / public service. You’ll learn about political and governmental institutions and processes, the conduct of government and the creation of government policy, the structure and activities of political parties, and the social, cultural, ethnic and historical factors that drive these activities. You’ll also develop valuable job skills like analyzation, communication, and strategizing. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to transfer to any Colorado 4-year university as a junior to finish your Bachelor’s degree. 

Tracy Bacon
Faculty, Program Chair
Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology
tracy.bacon [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

While completing your Political Science AA, you’ll learn:

  • The roles of the 3 branches of the American government
  • The legislative process of a proposed bill becoming a law
  • How to think critically by establishing a conclusion based on the information presented

CIP 240101 (POLS)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses (32 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1), but not MAT 155 or MAT 156
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (8 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science (GTSC1)
Additional Required Courses 12 credit hours

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Note(s):

Note: Additional POS courses beyond the 4 courses identified above may not count toward the Political Science major at the receiving 4-year institution.

Electives (16 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

A background in Political Science opens doors to a wide variety of career paths. You’ll have the flexibility to discover your career in a number of fields because you’ll have high-demand skills. You could have a career as a: