Political science is a social science which deals with the distribution of power and resources through systems of governance. The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in political science includes courses that are commonly required for this major and meets lower-division general education requirements at all Oregon public universities.
Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:
Arts & Letters
- Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
- Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.
- Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.
- Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.
- Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
- Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.
Science or Computer Science
- Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
- Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.
- Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
- Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.
- Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
- Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
- Build and manage relationships.
Writing and Information Literacy
- Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
- Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
- Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|WR 122||Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition||4|
|or WR 227|| Technical Writing|
Political science courses do not need to be taken in sequence.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts should consider completing three terms of a 200-level language course. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the arts and letters requirement.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science should consider taking more math and science courses. Language is not necessary. It is recommended that students pursuing a political science degree take additional social sciences courses to fulfill some elective credits. Economics, geography, and history courses are particularly helpful. For details, speak with an advisor.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.