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Associate of Arts General Transfer - Political Science Pathway

Associate of Arts General Transfer - Political Science Pathway

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

The Political Science Pathway of the Associate of Arts General Transfer degree emphasizes transfer preparation to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  The skills and knowledge acquired through a degree focused on Political Science are applicable to many careers, including those where you can:

  • Work in public administration
  • Practice law
  • Provide policy analysis
  • Advocate for changes in public policies
  • Report on the news as a journalist
  • Provide commentary on issues of public interest
  • Work in business and finance

An Associate of Arts degree provides the foundational knowledge and skills in general education that are often required to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.  Courses in this pathway focus on the social sciences.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a Bachelor of Arts program, particularly at state institutions in Ohio.

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Embedded Certificates

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless students contact Records and Registration and indicate they do not wish to have the certificate credential awarded.

Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
Course Title Credits
FYE 1101 College Success 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
ART 1300 Appreciation of the Arts 3
HST 1110 Western Civilization to 1600 3
PLS 1100 Introduction to American Politics 3
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
ENG 1600 Introduction to Literature 3
BIO 1410 Fundamentals of Biology 4
HST 1120 Western Civilization Since 1600 3
PLS 1300 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GEO 2200 World Regional Geography 3
PLS 2400 State and Local Politics 3
CHM 1150 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
PHL 2000 Critical Thinking 3
SPN 1111 Beginning Spanish, Course I  
or ASL 1111 Beginning American Sign Language, Course I 3
PLS 2300 Introduction to International Relations 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ECO 1100 General Economics  
or ECO 2210 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
SPN 1112 Beginning Spanish, Course II  
or ASL 1112 Beginning American Sign Language, Course II 3
  Total credit hours 60
All students pursuing the Associate of Arts degree are required to complete at least nine credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher. These classes are taken as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the Associate of Arts degree requires students to take at least four courses with significant international content. Courses meeting this requirement are identified in the College catalog and are fulfilled as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

Transfer Information

Students seeking a transfer degree should plan the details of their program of study at Clark State according to the requirements of the transfer institution. Transfer institutions make the determination in acceptance of credit. The student should consult their academic advisor and the intended transfer institution when planning a schedule of classes.

Pathway options for transferability to other state institutions is available at

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Therese Filicko Associate Professor, Political Science