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Political Science

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree and is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in political science. The Political Science transfer curriculum provides students with the background in political science and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.

Degrees & Certificates in Political Science


Associate in Arts Degree

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • POLI 1101 State and Local Government 1 (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (4)
  • Elective (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • MATH 1111 Statistics 1 (4)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECON 2102 Principles of Economics II (3)
  • ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Political Science

  • Learn concepts, terminology and theories necessary in understanding national, state and local governments.
  • Apply factual knowledge to evaluate and critique real-life situations within the American political system.
  • Develop verbal communication skills that effectively articulate arguments during presentations, discussion and political debate.
  • Demonstrate writing skills which illustrate points in a concise, coherent, and creative manner as it applies to a political forum.

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