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    Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Political Science, AA


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Since exposure to other political systems and ideas is vital in this increasingly interdependent world, students of all interests and backgrounds will find political science courses relevant and of value. The political science curriculum includes both required and elective courses appropriate for a general liberal arts education and for the major in political science. The core course, American Government, meets the general education requirement in American Institutions and lays a broad analytical framework that may be employed in examining political issues. Other courses in the curriculum meet general education requirements in the social sciences. Most social, economic and moral issues have political implications; and governmental policy affects most aspects of daily life. Political science is an excellent liberal arts major for students interested in learning how groups of people govern themselves; how policies are made; and how we can improve our government policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. Those interested in American politics, international affairs, critical issues such as civil rights, health care, the environment and the deficit should consider this course of study.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the institutions, players and processes in both American national and state government.
  • Understand the importance of citizenship and political participation.
  • Analyze the exercise of power in formal governmental institutions and non-governmental institutions.
  • Differentiate and classify political systems, their historical context and development, and the social and economic systems with which they interact.
  • Compare the U.S. political system to the political systems of European, Asian, African, Latin American, and Middle Eastern states.
  • Describe the political and economic relations among states and the transnational relations practiced by people, organizations, and institutions.

Required Core Courses


Required Options, Regional Studies


Total Units Required: 21


To earn the associate degree:


See Earning an Associate Degree  for associate degree graduation requirements.

To transfer:


Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution .

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