AA, Political Science

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Political Science is designed for students interested in the study of governments and other political actors.   The curriculum will provide students with a basic understanding of the central concepts, questions, and theoretical perspectives in political science.   Among the concepts that students will study include power, authority, ethics, legitimacy, and representation; the concepts will be used to analyze the political impact of issues including war, peace, globalization, poverty, the environment, and equality.  The course of study is designated as a university transfer program that meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.A. in political science at UNR.   Since this emphasis is part of a 2+2 program, students receiving this degree will be eligible for transfer to upper division status in UNR’s College of Liberal Arts.  Students wishing to transfer to any other baccalaureate program should consult advisors at TMCC and the institution of transfer to obtain the necessary courses. 

Recommended Course Schedule 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
English 4 3
Fine Arts 4 3
Foreign Language 6 4
Mathematics 4 3
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
English 4 3
Foreign Language 6 4
Humanities 4 3
Science 4 3
PSC 231 Introduction to International Relations 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Elective 5 3
Emphasis 5 3
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
PSC 211 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 5 3-4
Foreign Language 6 3
Diversity 5 3
PSC 210 American Public Policy 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree. 


See program recommendations or requirements 


See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English 13-6
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts3
Math 120 or Higher
Social Science
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Foreign Language 30-14
U.S. & NV Constitutions 2, 4[3]
Degree Requirements
PSC 210American Public Policy3
PSC 211Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PSC 231Introduction to International Relations3
Emphasis Requirements
PSC 208Survey of State and Local Government3
PSC 250The Politics of International Terrorism3
PSC 295Special Topics in Political Science3
Choose from PSC 227, or PSC 299
Or any Transferable Elective
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective units. 


 Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


 Please refer to the Foreign Language Requirements for options to complete

Students completing this degree will:

  • Critically analyze central questions in political science; these include but are not limited to the origins and purposes of government, the proper relationship between citizens and government, and how societies deal with change, allocate resources, and distribute power. 
  • Write clearly about contemporary issues of politics at the local, state, and national and/or international level.
  • Know the duties of citizens and the importance of effective involvement in politics. Specifically, graduates will develop the knowledge to function effectively as responsible, ethical and contributing citizens of the community, state, and nation. 

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.