ADT in Political Science

The goal of the Political Science Program at Citrus College is to prepare students to develop a fundamental understanding of the systematic study of theories, institutions, and processes related to the distribution of power and its use in the maintenance of order and promotion of equality and justice. The core courses in the Political Science major will introduce students to the fields in the discipline:

- Political Theory, which includes the study of major philosophic works related to power and politics;

- American Government, which studies institutions and linkage organizations that characterize government in the United States;

- Comparative Politics, which studies the political systems of other countries and exposure to the comparative method;

- International Relations, which analyzes phenomena related to the interaction between sovereign states and other actors in the international system.

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to continue their education at a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree. Successful completion of the transfer degree in Political Science guarantees the student acceptance to a local California State University. Students who complete this degree may also seek to continue their education at the University of California or other baccalaureate degree granting institutions, although admission is not guaranteed.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
POLI 103American Government and Politics3
or POLI 103H American Government and Politics - Honors
POLI 105Comparative Politics3
POLI 108Political Theory3
POLI 116International Relations3
Select two (2) of the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
Principles of Microeconomics3
Cultural Geography3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E.3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E./Honors
History of World Civilization since 15003
History of the United States before 18773
History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
History of the United States since 18773
History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
The World in Conflict - The 20th Century, a History3
Humanities - Prehistory through the Medieval Period3
Humanities - Prehistory through the Medieval Period - Honors
Humanities from the Renaissance through the 19th Century3
Humanities in the Modern Period3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
Introduction to Political Science3
Total Units18

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Political Science A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to write clearly and accurately about social scientific phenomena related to political science using collegiate level grammar, vocabulary, and logic.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of historical foundations, political institutions, and processes involved in the distribution and use of power in politics.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic research methods, qualitative and quantitative, used in the study of political science as preparation for upper-division work.