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Political Science Transfer Pathway (AA) - 60 credits

Why Choose Political Science?

The mission of the Political Science Department is to be the primary support to the college as it seeks to prepare students for the common tasks of citizenship. Democracy requires an involved citizenry which in turn demands that citizens understand the fundamentals of their political system. For citizens of the United States these fundamentals include familiarity with the institutions and process of government at all levels; as well as civil liberties, political parties, elections and interest group behavior.

 

The Political Science Transfer Pathway (AA) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Political Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
POLS 1130 Introduction to U.S. Politics 3

Complete one of the following courses

Code Title Credits
POLS 1132 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLS 1150 Introduction to World Politics and Globalization 3

Complete one of the following courses

Students may take POLS 1132 or POLS 1150 (whichever was NOT used to satisfy the required course above)

Code Title Credits
POLS 1132 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLS 1133 Middle East Politics 3
POLS 1135 Introduction to Political Ideas 3
POLS 1150 Introduction to World Politics and Globalization 3
POLS 1152 Model United Nations 3
POLS 1195 Conflict and Negotiation 3
POLS 2250 Constitutional Law 3

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE
MATH 1080 or MATH 1090 recommended

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1 - met by taking required POLS courses
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement

 

Other Degree Requirements - 20 credits

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.