Associate of Arts in
Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Mission College
The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Spanish.
California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer (AA-T in Political Science) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.
This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions.
The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer is designed to involve students in the examination of the structure of government and the political systems in our and other nations. The curriculum covers the interaction and responsibilities of citizens and social institutions in those systems.
This program offers insights into these events on the local, state, national, and international levels and these insights also encourage the involvement of the citizenry. Students completing this program successfully will be able to identify and explain the sources of and reasons for democratic government.
Students will also be able to classify and explain the various kinds of governments other nations have. In addition, students will be able to define and trace the historical development of the modern international system.
What is an AA-T
The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these transfer degrees:
- will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
- are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
- will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
- and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.
- Ability to communicate
- Media skills
- Negotiation skills
- Argue and debate points
- Active listening
- Ability to plan and develop strategies
- Using history and data in decision making
- Ability to build consensus
- Thinking outside the box
- Understanding data
- Students will be able to identify and describe major political institutions.
- Students will be able to analyze the exercise of power.
- Students will be able to apply theories and concepts of Political Science to real-world events and situations.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
- Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
- Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the CSU Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC).
Required Core Course
Choose one (1)
- POL 001 ---- American Government (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 001H ---- American Government - Honors (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
List A - Select Three (3) Courses from the Following
Only one (1) Statistics course can be used and is highly recommended
- POL 002 ---- Comparative Government (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 003 ---- Introduction to Political Theory (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 004 ---- International Relations (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 005 ---- Political Science Research Methodology (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- MAT 009 ---- Integrated Statistics II (5.0 Lecture) ---- 5.0
- MAT 010 ---- Elementary Statistics (4.0 Lecture) ---- 4.0
- MAT 010H ---- Elementary Statistics - Honors (4.0 Lecture) ---- 4.0
- SOC 016 ---- Introduction to Statistics in Social And Behavioral Sciences (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
List B - Select two (2) courses from any course not selected from List A or from the following
- POL 006 ---- Politics of Race, Class, and Gender (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 007 ---- International Films (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- POL 020 ---- Controversial Legal Issues (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- GEO 002 ---- Introduction to Cultural Geography (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- GEO 006 ---- World Regional Geography (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- ECN 001A ---- Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 4.0
- ECN 001B ---- Principles of Microeconomics (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 4.0
- ECN 006 ---- The Global Economy (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- BUS 028A ---- Business Law I (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- ANT 003 ---- Cultural Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships at Mission
Mission College offers a variety of scholarships ranging from $50 to several thousand dollars per year. Eligibility may vary based on fields of study, community and/or college involvement, and/or financial need.
All continuing Mission College and new students, including graduating high school students and transferring students, may apply.
Current Scholarships Available
Mission College 2022-23 General Scholarships Application
New, returning, continuing, or transferring Mission College Scholarship opportunities are available. The 2022-23 MC Scholarship Application-visit the website for more details. The deadline has closed for this year.
NEW Spring 2022 Scholarship Opportunities!
Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship: Deadline April 30, 2022. Download the application here: 21-22 Jim McEntee Scholarship
American Association of University Woman-AAUW (San Jose Branch Scholarship Application & Opportunity. For more information, visit the website. The deadline to apply is April 15,
NEW Chicana Latina (CLF) Foundation Scholarship
The Chicana Latina Foundation awards scholarships to Latina college students valued at $1500 each. Deadline to Apply: March 31st, 2022
NEW Progress Pride Scholarship!
For the first time, the Mensa Foundation seeks to award our Progress Pride Scholarship: up to two $10,000 scholarships. The scholarship is intended for college-bound, college, or graduate students at U.S. universities who identify as both BIPOC and LGBTQ—and who have demonstrated positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.
POINT Foundation Scholarship
The Community College Scholarship Program launched in 2016 and went national in 2017. To be selected for the scholarship, students are evaluated on academic performance and potential, financial need, involvement in school and community, and goals for the future. Deadline to Apply May 3rd.
Mission Promise Program
Mission College is proud to expand our Mission Promise Program to make college more affordable for our new, first-time college students! Eligible students will have their enrollment fees paid for their first two years AND get up to $1,000 to pay for books or other educational expenses.
Dreamers: Scholarship opportunity for undocumented and/or DACA recipients
- Immigrants Rising Scholarships
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- List of Undergraduate Scholarships
- Latinos in Technology (Includes Business and Nursing)
STEM: Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Scholarship Opportunities. New opportunities are open!
- NEW! Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship.
- NEW! Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship.
- Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Gates Millennium
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
External Scholarships New opportunities!
Additional scholarship resources and links.
- pointfoundation.org (LGBTQI+ Scholarship Opportunity)
- Progress Pride Scholarship (BIPOC & LGBTQI+ Scholarship Opportunity)
- Latinos in Technology (includes Business and Nursing)
- Horacio Alger Scholarship (various & Career & Technical Scholarships)
- Pivotalnow.org (Foster Youth Scholarship Opportunity)
- National League of American Pen Woman (NLAPW) (females only scholarship)
- 2022 Scholarship Details 2022 NLAPW Application
- African American Scholarship Opportunity
- African American Scholarship
- Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
- Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
- Soroptomist-Live Your Dream Award New!
- Live Your Dream Award NEW! (Due Nov. 15)
- VAPW Scholarship Application (Vietnamese American Professional Women Association of Silicon Valley Deadline May 1)
Jobs in the Field
- Politician or Political Campaign Staff
- Policy Analyst
- Legislative Analyst
- Public Relations
- Social Media Manager
- Political Consultant
- Marketing Research