Sep 30, 2023  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2022-2023 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Political Science, A.A.

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Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution. 

The Political Science Transfer Major provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree in political science. The curriculum focuses on the history and political science courses required by most four-year institutions for political science majors.

Program Learning Outcomes     

1. Recognize the historical context of political, social, and economic processes of both domestically and internationally. 

2. Assess the changing nature of political power. 

3. Recognize major philosophical and ethical theories that have guided the development of political science studies. 

4. Identify international organizations, alliance systems and non-state actors as key elements of our global society.   

5. Students will demonstrate understanding of the differences between various forms of government, such as democratic, non-democratic, and monarchical systems. 

Career Possibilities

The Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science Transfer Major graduate has two major options:

  1. Transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in political science. Job and career opportunities extend over a broad spectrum embracing governmental, corporate, and private elements. Some of these include: foreign service officer, political scientist, politician and researcher.
  2. Transfer to a four-year program and complete a bachelor’s degree in political science education. In addition to the above opportunities, a political science education degree would enable the graduate to teach political science courses not requiring an advanced degree.

Preparation for IHCC

Prospective students should have good reading and writing skills. They should also take as many history, English and political science courses as possible in high school. In addition, they are strongly advised to routinely read as many newspapers and periodicals as possible.

Recommended Courses

Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the political science program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 64 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 12 Credits

Term IV

Total: 10 Credits

Term V

  • Core Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective- Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective- Credits: 3.00


Total: 9 Credits

Term VI

Total: 9 Credits

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