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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 (3)
  • POLI 1101 State and Local Government (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (4)
  • Elective (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Geography (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • POLI 2101 American Government (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology or 
    SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective (3)

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.


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

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Transfer Information

Rend Lake College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditors in the United States. Accreditation is vital to what we do. It serves as a measure of quality, allows us to access and distribute federal student aid, facilitates the transfer of classes between institutions and more. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Rend Lake College has been accredited since 1969. Voluntary accreditation is an activity of great importance to Rend Lake College and the community it serves. The process ensures that RLC is accountable – that our programs are effective and that we are delivering on our guarantees of educational quality.

Students who graduate with an Associates in Science (AS) or an Associates in Arts (AA) have the ability to transfer to institutions that will allow them to continue towards a goal of a Bachelors degree (BA or BS).

Rend Lake College works with other institutions to allow for an easy transition to a four-year university. Some of the Universities that have this working relationship are:

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1258
Building: North Oasis
Office: 145
M.S. Eastern Illinois University | B.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Administrative Assistant | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1263
Building: North Oasis
Office: 134
A.S. Business Administration, Southeastern Illinois College A.A. Business Administration, Southeastern Illinois College

Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences


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