Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in Political Science

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About This Program

When the presidential debates are on TV, you’re there, watching every expression, parsing each and every phrase. Your Twitter feed includes @nytimes, @NBCNews, @washingtonpost and more – you want to stay on top of every twist and turn in the splendid game of politics. But you also understand that “all politics is local,” and chances are you know who said that, too. If you don’t, you can learn it by getting an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Political Science.

The program is designed to provide a foundation of study that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is built on general education classes, supplemented with history and political science courses, other social sciences and introductory foreign language study.

Our program also offers internships with U.S. senators, U.S. House representatives, political parties and political nonprofits.  This concentration is excellent preparation for a major in political science at the baccalaureate level, which could lead to a career in law, teaching, government, public relations, nonprofits and many other areas.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Political Science requires a mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Recommended Electives

  • American Government
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • History

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

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Current Students

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Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation