Political Science

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree with a field of study in Political Science is designated for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Political Sciences or related field at four-year institutions. The curriculum includes general academic courses and electives that enable students who intend to major in Political Science, Public Affairs, or Public Administration to transfer to four-year institutions. The Political Science program has a foreign language requirement attached to it that will complete most four-year institution requirements. A degree in Political Science prepares students for a wide array of career options. These include public administrator, diplomatic corps member, elected official, legislative aide, policy analyst, journalist, lawyer, lobbyist, public opinion surveyor and college professor.

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Field of Study - 18-21 credit hours
GOVT 2304Introduction to Political Science3
GOVT 2311Mexican American Politics3
GOVT 2389Academic Cooperative3
Select one of the following: 13-4
Learning Framework
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
Introduction to Ethics
Principles of Economics I - Macro
Learning Framework
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Elementary Statistical Methods
Select two semesters of modern foreign language6-8
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Mathematics
Select one of the following:
College Algebra
Elementary Statistical Methods
Pre-Calculus Math
Calculus I
Language, Philosophy & Culture
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Total Credit Hours60
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should take ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I - Macro, as this class is required for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at both UTRGV and TAMUK.

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In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
3
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 4
College Algebra  
Elementary Statistical Methods  
Pre-Calculus Math  
Calculus I  
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours6
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2304 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 2311 Mexican American Politics 3
Elective - Field of Study 1 3-4
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Modern Language Elective - Field of Study 2 3-4
 Credit Hours16-18
Fifth Semester
PHIL 2307 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
GOVT 2389 Academic Cooperative 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Modern Language Elective - Field of Study 2 3-4
 Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours60-63 Credit Hours
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Courses to be chosen from Field of Study. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should take ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I - Macro, as this class is required for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at both UTRGV and TAMUK.

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Courses to be chosen from Field of Study.