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University Transfer Program
60 – 70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Program Overview

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students for transfer into bachelor's degree programs in Political Science and similar programs at a CSU campus and guarantees admission to the CSU system. Political Science coursework in general is helpful to the student who intends to eventually pursue graduate studies in such diverse fields as political science, education, journalism, business and law.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 3 units Units
PLSC 200 * National, State and Local Governments 3 units
Required Selective Courses: 9-10 units from List A: select three courses Units
PLSC 110 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 3 units
PLSC 130 Introduction to International Relations 3 units
PLSC 150 Introduction to Political Theory and Thought 3 units
Any one of the following: (3-4)
MATH 200 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4 units
PSYC 120 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
PSYC 121 Basic Statistical Concepts 3 units
SOCI 121 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
Required Selective Courses: 6 units from List B: select two courses Units
Any List A course not selected above 3 units
PLSC 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
PLSC 210 American Politics 3 units
PLSC 215 Contemporary Issues In American Politics 3 units
PLSC 310 California State and Local Government 3 units
Note: Upon transfer to a U.C. campus, students who have completed both PLSC 200 and PLSC 210 will receive transfer credit for only one 3-unit course.
* PLSC 210 completed at CSM Fall 2011 through Spring 2016 may be substituted for PLSC 200.
+ Only one course from MATH 200, PSYC 120, PSYC 121, or SOCI 121 may be used to satisfy major requirements.
Total Required Major Units: 18 - 19
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.