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 can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines

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.

Email: gvargis@gsu.edu

Phone: 678-891-2402

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.

Political Science Pathway, A.A.

Email: gvargis@gsu.edu

Phone: 678-891-2402

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.

How much 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 can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines

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

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors 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.

Program Highlights

“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now—a Georgia State law student and chair of the Latino Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia—were it not for the opportunities presented to me while studying at Perimeter College. While at Perimeter, I developed a strong educational foundation and discovered a passion for good governance.”

Antonio Molina
Perimeter College 2011 graduate

Second-year law student at Georgia State’s Atlanta Campus

 

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Our award-winning faculty are noted experts on a variety of historical and political topics—and they work diligently to bring the curriculum to life so the learning process is personal and real-world for students. Several of our department’s faculty are Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellows, and the Georgia Political Science Association voted one of our faculty members Best Teacher of the Year. The Pre-Law Advisement program engages select Perimeter College faculty who serve as advisors and liaisons to the Georgia State Legislature.

Careers

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

Pathway Details

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.

9075 Political Science Pathway

 Associate of Arts, Pathway – Political Science

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)

Recommendations

Area D: 

  • Recommended course: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Required courses (6)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • World Language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
  2. Select additional courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    1. Choose at least two of the following:
      • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
      • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
      • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
      • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    2. Choose at least two of the following:
      • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
      • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
      • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
      • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
      • HIST 1111 A Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
      • HIST 1112 A Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
      • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3)
      • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
      • MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3) or MATH 1113 Precalculus (3)
      • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
      • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
      • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
      • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
      • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3)
      • World Language at the 2001 level (3)
      • World Language at the 2002 level (3)

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Description

Contacts

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

Dr. Otto Burianek
Department Chair of History and Political Science
678-212-7500
oburianek@gsu.edu

Johnetta Hawkins
Administrative Assistant
678-212-7541
jhawkins20@gsu.edu

 

Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone
Associate Chair of History and Politics
Alpharetta Campus
678-240-6231
astone@gsu.edu

Contessa Paige
Administrative Assistant
Alpharetta Campus
678-240-6037
cpaige@gsu.edu

Clarkston Campus

George Vargis
Associate Chair of History and Political Science
Clarkston Campus
678-891-2402
gvargis@gsu.edu

Marc Zayac
Associate Chair of History and Political Science
Clarkston Campus
678-891-3289
mzayac@gsu.edu

Mary Brown
Administrative Assistant
Clarkston
678-891-3368
mbrown198@gsu.edu

 

Decatur Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter
Associate Chair of History and Politics
Decatur campus
678-891-3401
kwheelcarter@gsu.edu

Donna McLean
Administrative Assistant
Decatur Campus
678-891-2613
dmclean@gsu.edu

Dunwoody Campus

Mario Bennekin
Associate Chair of History and Political Science
Dunwoody Campus
770-274-5410
mbennekin@gsu.edu

Vicki Williams
Administrative Assistant
Dunwoody campus
770-274-5409
vwilliams37@gsu.edu

Newton Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter
Associate Chair of History and Politics
Newton Campus
678-891-3401
kwheelcarter@gsu.edu

Melva Rains
Administrative Assistant
Newton Campus
770-278-1381
mrains@gsu.edu

 

Online

Dr. Otto Burianek
Department Chair of History and Political Science
Online
678-212-7500
oburianek@gsu.edu

Marc Zayac
Associate Chair of History and Political Science
Online
678-891-3289
mzayac@gsu.edu

Johnetta Hawkins
Administrative Assistant
Online
678-212-7541
jhawkins20@gsu.edu

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.