Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) with a concentration in Political Science - American Government will prepare students for work in the public or private sector that focuses on American politics, society, and government.

The Political Science - American Government concentration is designed to incorporate a base of knowledge about government in politics, including a fundamental understanding of how the American government works, the academic discipline of political science, state and local government functions, and political parties, campaign, and elections. This focus along with the coursework will prepare students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in further Political Science studies and future careers in American government.

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To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
MUS-105 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

ID: MUS-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various western and non-western historical style periods, and appropriate listening experiences.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
Semester 2
(16 Credit Hours)
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
PHI-105 Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Logic

ID: PHI-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions.

3
Semester 3
(17 Credit Hours)
PSC-215 State and Local Government

State and Local Government

ID: PSC-215

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of state, county, and municipal government systems, including interrelationships between these systems and within the federal government. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II

Elementary Spanish II

ID: SPA-102

Credit Hours: 4

This course continues development of the basic language skills and the study of the Hispanic cultures. It stresses the grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills.

4
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 4
(13 Credit Hours)
PSC-225 Campaigns and Elections

Campaigns and Elections

ID: PSC-225

Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the dominant two-party system in U.S. politics, the federal campaign and election system, and electoral campaign races. The course will trace the evolution of political parties in the U.S., as well as focus on how campaigns are mounted and won.

3
SPA-122 Basic Proficiency Spanish

Basic Proficiency Spanish

ID: SPA-122

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the practice and further development of essential listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
GEO-205 Physical Geography

Physical Geography

ID: GEO-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of physical geography and applies them to the study of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

4
      Total Credit Hours 61
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
MUS-105 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

ID: MUS-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various western and non-western historical style periods, and appropriate listening experiences.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
Semester 4
(10 Credit Hours)
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
PHI-105 Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Logic

ID: PHI-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions.

3
Semester 5
(10 Credit Hours)
PSC-215 State and Local Government

State and Local Government

ID: PSC-215

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of state, county, and municipal government systems, including interrelationships between these systems and within the federal government. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II

Elementary Spanish II

ID: SPA-102

Credit Hours: 4

This course continues development of the basic language skills and the study of the Hispanic cultures. It stresses the grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills.

4
Semester 6
(7 Credit Hours)
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 7
(6 Credit Hours)
PSC-225 Campaigns and Elections

Campaigns and Elections

ID: PSC-225

Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the dominant two-party system in U.S. politics, the federal campaign and election system, and electoral campaign races. The course will trace the evolution of political parties in the U.S., as well as focus on how campaigns are mounted and won.

3
SPA-122 Basic Proficiency Spanish

Basic Proficiency Spanish

ID: SPA-122

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the practice and further development of essential listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

3
Semester 8
(7 Credit Hours)
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
GEO-205 Physical Geography

Physical Geography

ID: GEO-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of physical geography and applies them to the study of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

4
      Total Credit Hours 61
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Attorney

Attorneys generally work with the law, although the type of work that attorneys do varies widely. This can include work as a defense attorney, prosecutor of individuals accused of a crime, corporate law protecting companies from lawsuits, or work defending the civil rights of individuals. This path requires further education including a bachelor’s degree and law school, but the careers can be very rewarding and successful.

Projected Job Growth

+4.1%

Average Annual Salary

$91,910

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Law Firm

Careers

Non-profit Advocate/Lobbyist

Lobbyists advocate for support from government officials, and non-profit leaders run organizations that help and advocate for people. Both positions require an understanding of government. These careers can take people in many different directions, all while making a difference in people’s lives.

Projected Job Growth

+22%

Average Annual Salary

$70,199

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Non-Profit Organizations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Students who wish to pursue a degree in Political Science should continue their education at a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many of the more successful positions in government relations require further education in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration, and public policy.