A.A.-T, Political Science

A.A., Political Science


Political Science is an academic and research discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics, and the description and analysis of political systems/processes, political behavior and political actors. Political science is commonly divided into five distinct sub-disciplines which together constitute the field: political theory, comparative politics, public administration, international relations, and public law. The Political Science program provides students with a core curriculum that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the study of political science. Students will develop skills for critical/analytical thinking, perceptive reading/observation and interpretation, statistics analysis, and civic awareness and participation.


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field. To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must:

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a "C" grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.


Advocate/Organizer Federal Agency Employee
Ambassador Investment Fund Managers
Budget Analyst Labor Relations Specialist
Campaign Worker Lobbyist
City Planner/ Manager Media Specialist
Community Relations Director Political Science Teachers,
Compliance Managers Political Scientists
Congressional Staff Member Regulatory Affairs Managers
Diplomat Social Worker
Education Policy Analyst  


Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer