Political Science – International Relations

Associate Degree

Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) with a concentration in Political Science – International Relations will prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution and put them on track to a variety of exciting and fulfilling careers.

The Political Science – International Relations 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, and the International Relations system. This focus, along with the coursework in the pathway, will prepare students to arrive at their transfer destinations with the skills and knowledge to succeed in upper-level Political Science courses and beyond to future careers and graduate studies.

How to Enroll

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

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual 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-220 Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to International Relations

ID: PSC-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the major focus and factors influencing world affairs, with emphasis on the role of the United States in the global community and the impact of growing interdependence on daily living.

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
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

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-206 Politics of the Middle East

Politics of the Middle East

ID: PSC-206

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the domestic and international politics of countries in the Middle East. Coursework compares political systems in the region and factors such as economics, religion, and societal divisions that influence both domestic politics and external relations of the countries.

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
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
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
$10,858.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual 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)
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
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 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-220 Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to International Relations

ID: PSC-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the major focus and factors influencing world affairs, with emphasis on the role of the United States in the global community and the impact of growing interdependence on daily living.

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)
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

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-206 Politics of the Middle East

Politics of the Middle East

ID: PSC-206

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the domestic and international politics of countries in the Middle East. Coursework compares political systems in the region and factors such as economics, religion, and societal divisions that influence both domestic politics and external relations of the countries.

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)
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
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
$10,858.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Foreign Service Officer

A Foreign Service Officer is a member of the United States Foreign Service who represents the country around the world. These officers interact with local government, staff embassies, and help Americans who travel around the globe. These members can choose the economic, public diplomacy, consular, management, or political tracks, all while getting to travel the world and explore different cultures.  The work is very competitive and requires excellent reading and writing skills.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies

Careers

Intelligence Agent

Intelligence agents work to provide national security intelligence to American policymakers. One of the largest intelligence agencies in the US is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It is organized into five different parts: the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science and Technology, the Directorate of Support, and the Offices of the Director. While highly competitive jobs, working for the CIA can be an exciting career that can open further opportunities.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies

A four-year degree in international studies is a good start to a successful career in foreign service. This degree contains courses and experiences that emphasize the interdisciplinary pursuit of comparative and/or international politics, allowing students to focus on topics like foreign policy, global economic or environmental studies, or international conflict and cooperation.