Transfer Information

Common university majors related to the field of Political Science include:

Developmental Studies, International Relations, Law, Peace and Conflict Studies, Policy Analysis, Political Science, Public Administration.

Course Requirements for Transfer Students

Students who plan to transfer to a four year college or university and earn a bachelor’s degree in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer/Career Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. Transfer students may also earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis. This degree may be individually tailored to each student’s specific transfer requirements in order to provide the most efficient path to transfer. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Programs section of the catalog.


The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Political Science or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

• Critically analyze the study of human behavior as it relates to political situations in college-level essays, written assignments, and research papers.
• Identify and describe main concepts in the study of political science including but not limited to political power, sovereignty, nation-state; legitimacy; authority, political culture, political socialization, political ideology; social contract; separation of powers; federalism; unitary system; rule of law and globalization.

It is recommended that students intending to transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) in Political Science should complete the courses marked with a “#”. Students intending to transfer into this major at other CSUs should consult a counselor and visit for guidance on appropriate coursework.

*Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.

# This course fulfills SDSU’s lower division preparation for the major in Political Science under the TMC.

General Education: In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the following general education options:
• The IGETC pattern (page 106) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/ independent or out of state universities.
• The CSU GE pattern (page 113) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.

Electives as needed to meet maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.


Careers related to this field typically require education beyond the associate degree level and some may require a graduate degree.

POLI 102 The American Political System *#3
Select three courses (nine semester units) from the following: (It is recommended that students select courses that meet lower division major
preparation requirements for their transfer university.):

POLI 101 Introduction to Political Science *#3
POLI 103 Comparative Politics *#3
POLI 140 Contemporary International Politics *#3
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics *# or
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics *#3
Select two courses (six semester units) if not selected above from the following: (It is recommended that students select courses that meet lower division major preparation requirements for their transfer university.):
ACCT 116A Financial Accounting4
ANTH 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology * 3
BUSE 140 Business Law and the Legal Environment 3
ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics *
ECON 121 Principles of Microeconomics *  3
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature *
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition *  3
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography *  3
HIST 101 World History II * 3
HIST 105 Introduction to Western Civilization I *  3
HIST 106 Introduction to Western Civilization II *  3
PEAC 102 Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution * 3
POLI 101 Introduction to Political Science *#  3
POLI 103 Comparative Politics *  3
POLI 140 Contemporary International Politics *#
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics *# or
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics *#  3
 Total = 18-19