What Can You Do With a Political Science AA Degree?

The Associate in Arts 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 is a solid transfer degree for many 4-year universities; however, if you are aiming for a Cal State university, consider the AA-T, with guaranteed CSU transfer.

After your AA 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!

Understanding the Landscape

Take early courses for your major as well as the general education courses most universities expect in the first two years. Earning a political science degree from Copper Mountain College lays the foundation for work in an array of industries, including intelligence, politics, or government. Understanding how to apply statistics and data analysis to make informed decisions puts you ahead of the curve in most careers.

Interchangeable Skills

Preparing for a degree in political science gives you interchangeable skills that are valued across different industries. Communicating effectively and analyzing data successfully are important skills to have in law, finance, medicine, and more.

Your Political Science AA Program Map

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Political Science AA: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 24 units of required courses
    • 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)


    Introduction to International Relations (PS 004) | 3.00


    Select 6 classes from the following:

    CJ-001, CJ-002, CJ-005A, ECON-001, ECON-002, HIST-017, HIST-018, PHIL-006, SOC-001, SOC-002, SOC-004, SOC-014 | 18.00

  • 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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