Political Science Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Political Science Focus

About The Program

The study of political science concentrates on the philosophy, structure and function of government. Career opportunities exist in law, private business, public administration, nonprofit organizations and teaching. Complete studies to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Recommended Electives

POLS& 101 Intro to Political Science 5
POLS 107 Comparative Government 5
POLS& 202 American Government 5
POLS& 203 International Relations 5
POLS 220 The Law and Social Issues 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Clearly communicate complex information and concepts in writing and/or verbally.
  • Examine political issues and policies from diverse perspectives, evaluating them in terms of both private and public good.
  • Apply social science reasoning to a range of political issues and problems.
  • Critically question political claims, analyzing their supporting evidence and identifying their underlying values and assumptions.
  • Comprehend how politics influences students and their world.

Revised June 2019 (Effective Summer 2019)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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