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
ALL COURSES REQUIRED TO EARN THE 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.
“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.”
Perimeter College 2011 graduate
Second-year law student at Georgia State’s Atlanta Campus
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.
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
- Labor relations
- Policy analysis
- Public policy
- Research and writing
- Social work
For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries
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