What Can You Do With a Political Science AA-T Degree?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science gives you the analytical and critical thinking skills for many careers. Most of these careers require more education—at least a bachelor’s degree. Your Copper Mountain AA-T comes with guaranteed admission to the CSU system. The AA-T may also transfer to other 4-year universities.

After your AA-T and bachelor’s, you can pursue a career as:

  • Policy analyst
  • Legislative assistant
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social media manager
  • Marketing research analyst
  • Political consultant
  • Attorney
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Political campaign staff
  • Student leadership & activities director
  • And more!

Transfer to a CSU

Preparing to transfer to a California State University means taking early courses for your major as well as the general education courses you need for your bachelor’s degree. These courses build your skills with statistics, analysis, understanding other perspectives, and communicating well.

Earn Skills and Credits

There’s science as well as politics in this degree. Understanding how to apply statistics and data analysis to human behavior puts you ahead of the curve in most fields. Whether you continue with political science or switch over to law, marketing, intelligence, or medicine, the skills you develop with CMC will serve you well.

Your Political Science AA-T Program Map

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Sample courses shown — other options available. Download a PDF Program Map

Political Science AA-T: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 13-14 units of required courses
    • 6 units of restricted electives
    • 60 total units
    • A grade of C or higher in all required courses
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Required Courses

    Introduction to Government (PS 001) | 3.00

    Introduction to Comparative Governments (PS 002) | 3.00

    Introduction to International Relations (PS 004) | 3.00

    Statistical Methods (MATH 014)


    Fundamentals of Statistics (SOC 003) | 3.00


    Choose two of the following:

    CJ-032, HIST 017, HIST 018, HIST 019, PSY 001, PSY 005, SOC 001. SOC 002, SOC 014 | 12.00

  • What You Learn
    1. How American political culture has changed over the years.
    2. Analytical understanding of the different branches of government, their function, and responsibilities.
    3. The connections among political parties, policies, and the media.

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