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Catalog 2015-16 
Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, Humanities and Social Sciences Transfer Pattern

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Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Transfer Pattern – Political Science

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 .

Spring Semester Year 1

Fall Semester Year 2

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with lab 4 Credits. 
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 111  recommended) 3 Credits.
  • Program Electives (POLS 131, POLS 141, and POLS 225 recommended) 9 Credits. 

Spring Semester Year 2

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credits.
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.​ 
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 112  recommended) 3 Credits.
  • Program Electives up to 9 Credits.

General Education - 34-36 Credits

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 Credits.
  • Information Technology (CSIT 120  recommended) 3 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 27-29 Credits

Program Requirements:

Two-Semester Sequence:

Choose a two-semester sequence from the following list:

Critical Thinking:

Choose one from this list:

Program Electives:

Select 18-21 credits from the following recommended electives. Select additional electives, from this list or anywhere in the college, if needed to reach 60 credits.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 min.*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.

** These courses may also be used as General Education Electives.

NOTE: Depending on the General Education electives completed, more than 15 credits of Electives may be needed to reach a minimum of 60 credits for the degree.

Transfer Pattern Description

This degree pattern 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 pattern 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.

Transfer Pattern Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, 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.

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