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Political Science Concentration

Associate of Arts

You sign a petition to put a proposal to a public vote. Other people sign the petition, and the proposal is placed on the ballot. On Election Day a majority votes in favor of the proposal, which becomes the law. So the minimum wage rises from $11 an hour to $15.

That’s the power of the people. Studying how groups of people exercise power is at the core of Political Science.  

Political Science students are interested in the workings of government. They want to understand the impact of the laws, policies and rules that government imposes on the people. And they keep up on  current affairs, because Political Science is grounded in the here and now.

At Pima, Political Science students will learn how U.S. government works, and how ideas influence governments around the world. They also will gain an understanding of the important connection between Political Science and Economics. Our students come away with the knowledge to understand and possibly influence  of what’s possible in the political arena.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus
Downtown Campus

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Division of Humanities & Social Sciences
Dean: 520.206.3375
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This program has been designed to match as closely as possible the first two years of a political science degree at the University of Arizona. Students planning to transfer to another university should meet with an advisor to complete a transfer plan, since all courses listed may not be required for other schools.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.*  A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Requirement Credits
English Composition 6
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Biological and Physical Sciences 8
Recommend MAT 142
Special Requirement
Fulfill the I requirement by selecting an appropriate course in the categories above.
Subtotal 23

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
POS 100 Introduction to Politics 3
POS 201 American National Government and Politics [SUN# POS 1110] 3
POS 202 Introduction to International Relations [SUN# POS 1120] 3
POS 203 Introduction to Political Ideas 3
POS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics [SUN# POS 2204] 3
Subtotal 15

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECN 201 Microeconomic Principles [SUN# ECN2202] 3
ECN 202 Macroeconomic Principles [SUN# ECN2201] 3
STU 100
  or STU 106
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  Making Career Choices
  University Transfer Preparation
Second Language**:  Completion of a second language course numbered 202, fourth-semester level 16
Subtotal 23
Total 61

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Social and Behavioral Sciences - POS 201 and ECN 201 fulfill this requirement;  Other Requirements - POS 202 and 204 fulfill this requirement.

In the general education categories, POS 204 fulfills the C & G requirement.  The I requirement must be fulfilled by a course in one of the AGEC categories.

** See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.

Program/Major Codes: AOAALA/ALA1/ALAO


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