Political Science Majors

Associate in Science Pathway for Political Science

This is a typical course schedule for a student planning to complete the AA degree within two years, then transfer and major in Political Science. See your ECC Academic Advisor to obtain specific requirements as course requirements vary by transfer institution.

Fall Semester 1 (16+ Semester Hours)

  • ENG 101, English Composition (3)
  • MTH 102, (3-5)
  • BIO 108, Biology for Contemporary Society(4) (recommended)
  • 1POS 150, American Government National (3)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)

Spring Semester 2 (15-17 Semester Hours)

  • ENG 102, English Composition II (3)
  • 1POS 250, Comparative Political Systems (
  • Fine Arts, Gen Ed (3)
  • Humanities, Gen Ed (3)
  • Physical Science, Gen Ed (3-5)

Fall Semester 3 (12-13 Semester Hours)

  • CMS 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • 1POS 251, International Relations (3)
  • 2Elective, possible option (3)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)

Spring Semester 4 (12-14+ Semester Hours)

  • Fine Arts/Humanities, Gen Ed (3-4)
  • Behavioral Science, Gen Ed (3)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)
  • 2Elective, (3-4)

1Degree requirements vary by transfer institution, often schools will cap the number of Political Science transfer courses students can apply to their degree requirements. Plan to discuss your transfer options early with your academic advisor.
2Possible electives include- Foreign Language (Strongly recommended to complete prior to transfer), HIS 130/131 History of Latin America I & II, HIS 140 & 141 History of Asia & the Pacific I & II, and other POS courses.

Communications, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Behavioral Science are ideal courses to enroll in during the Summer semester to lighten credit course load during Spring and Fall semesters.

  • ECC & many transfer institutions require a Diversity and/or a Multicultural course as a graduation requirement. Courses that fulfill this requirement at ECC include options in Humanities, Fine Arts, Behavioral Science and Social Science. See your academic advisor or view Associate in Arts or Associate in Science details in the ECC catalog to view options.
  • The Associate in Arts is the preferred degree to complete at ECC as the Associate in Science has additional Science requirements that are not required for most Business degrees.
  • Transfer schools may require completion of up to the 4th level of language other than English, which is best to complete prior to transferring. Discuss requirements with your academic advisor.
  • This plan is a sample pathway, the only way to secure an accurate education plan to the school of your preference is to meet with an academic advisor in B120.

Successfull Pathway Steps

Majoring in Political Science?

What specific majors are related to Political Science?

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • History Education
  • International Relations
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

What careers are similar, or related to, Political Science

Transfer students would pursue the Associate in Arts at ECC, develop your unique education plan with your academic advisor.

Helpful resource- Law School Admission Council LSAC

Students interested in Political Science and related careers requiring an AAS degree or VS/BVS certificate at ECC can pursue:

Information from Information from Focus2 and BLS.gov