2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Political Science, A.A./A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Political Science (A.A., A.S.)

Program and Career Description:

The Political Science emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. Individuals majoring in political science have a variety of job careers such as lawyers, politicians, and police officers. A few selected careers are listed below.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Lawyer Doctoral degree $55,600 $102,880 $163,750
Police Officer High School diploma to Bachelor's degree $31,240 $43,190 $50,100
Court Reporter High School diploma; some college; no degree $48,210 $59,100 $70,470

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Mathematics Requirement

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Take One Course from the Following:

Major Required Courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Political Science, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • History Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3 *

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Credit(s): 3
  • History Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3 *


*Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

*If pursuing the A.A. degree, 6 of the 13 elective hours must be one-year sequence of the SAME foreign language. Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at universities include demonstrated competency in foreign language at the intermediate level. Community college students are encouraged to attain intermediate-level competency in foreign before transferring. Complete information At some universities, foreign language may be required in certain programs that lead to the Bachelor of Arts Degree. Complete information regarding foreign language requirements at each university may be found on the transfer and articulation web sites of the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee System. Community college students are encouraged to be familiar with foreign language requirements at the universities and, if applicable, complete the requirements before transferring.

For more information contact:
Stuart Lenig at
slenig@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2877
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution,i s an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- POL-02-14-18

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