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Political Science

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 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
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9075 Political Science Pathway

 Associate of Arts, Pathway – Political Science

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


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:
    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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