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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?

Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Political Science Pathway, A.A.

What Is Political Science?

Political Science is a study of human behavior that examines data and political systems, institutions and behaviors. It encompasses multiple perspectives and uses a mixture of methods. Aristotle believed the study of politics was essential to achieving a stable and orderly society. The study of political science helps build a society that develops, advances and improves our lives.

Why Study Political Science?

The Political Science guided pathway at Perimeter College leads to an associate of arts degree and provides the first two years of division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in political science.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The Political Science pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Students on the guided pathway in political science may begin preparation for work in government affairs, international trade, campaign management, political strategy, policy analysis or a career in education or law. Careers in political science include:

  • Banking and finance
  • Business management
  • City planning
  • Journalism
  • Labor relations
  • Law
  • Policy analysis
  • Public policy
  • Research and writing
  • Social work
  • Teaching

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Alpharetta Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Adam Stone

Administrative Assistant
Karon Edge-Fitzpatrick
Alpharetta Campus

Clarkston Campus

Interim Chair & Associate History, Political Science & African American Studies
George Vargis

Administrative Assistant
Shaiman Hussain

Decatur Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Mark Flowers

Administrative Assistant
Donna McLean

Dunwoody Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Crystal Garrett

Administrative Assistant
Charlene Bearden

Newton Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Salli Vargis

Administrative Assistant
Lakita Williams


Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Marc Zayac

Administrative Assistant
Johnetta Hawkins

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.