May 29, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Political Science: AS

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Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

History, Anthropology and Political Science Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
AAB 165
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Perparim Gutaj, Colin Moore

Program Description
Political Science prepares students to understand and participate in the processes whereby policies are made in local, state, national and international political systems. Students learn the factual and theoretical ways in which governmental and non-governmental actors interact. In the process, students develop analytical and communication skills.

Political Science courses are an essential part of a liberal arts education because many disciplines come together in political analysis. Moreover, political science courses are useful in a variety of majors such as history, sociology, pre-law, business, public administration, economics, education and international studies. Students who would like hands-on experience in the political realm may sign up for an internship administered by the Political Science Department. SLCC students have interned in Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City, volunteered on political campaigns, conducted ex t polls, hosted a variety of national and local political figures and participated in nationwide foreign policy simulations. Political Science subfields include American, Comparative, International and Public Administration.

Career Opportunities
Teaching, Government, Policy Analytics, Public Relations, Political Consultation, Media, Data Analysis, Law, Academic Leadership, etc.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students should check with the department or academic advisor to determine which courses are transferable to other colleges within the Utah System of Higher Education. Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an academic advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Books: $400
Course Fees: OER fee for POLS 1100  

Estimated Time to Completion
Two years

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Demonstrate they have acquired basic knowledge regarding 1) the founding of the U.S government  and the development of  American political institutions;  2) the meaning and implications of participatory democracy; 3)  two of the following three areas of specialization: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Ideologies/theory

1, 2

Speak and write effectively about U.S institutions and the American political process


Analyze how political institutions emerge, how they operate, how they interact with their external environment, and how they shape individual and collective behavior

1, 2, 4

Identify the different approaches to the study of politics and be able  to apply these to contemporary   political problems and political behavior

1, 2, 4

Identify, formulate and construct logical arguments about political phenomena and  evaluate these through empirical and theoretical methods

1, 2, 4

Interpret and use information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze political behavior, public policy, the historical development of the U. S. political system or modern political ideologies, and/or other topics in Political Science


Demonstrate information literacy as they 1) sort and weigh the value of various perspectives to inform their own conclusions; 2) find and use credible sources in course work and provide appropriate attribution.


Work with others in collaborative projects as well as through participation in live and/or on-line discussions and demonstrate the ability to engage a diversity of viewpoints in a civil and constructive fashion.

5, 6

Analyze and discuss how identity - with its deep roots in culture, language, religion, race/ethnicity, geography and relationship to power- affects processes, institutions, decision-making, outcomes and attitudes related to politics at whatever level

1, 4

Make connections between seemingly distant public policy choices and their more immediate impact and, thus, develop an understanding of how politics both shapes and is shaped by the social, political, economic activities of individuals who act collectively.

1, 4, 5

Establish awareness of how political science courses connect to a General Education framework through the upload of signature assignments in student e-portfolios as well as through assignment reflections, which demonstrates an understanding of content and methodological overlap of political science courses with other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

1, 4, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 2 courses

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

NOTE: Courses that meet General Education requirements may be used to meet program requirements. If this option is chosen, student must complete additional elective courses to meet the total credit hour requirement. Please meet with an academic advisor to discuss options.

Electives (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 hours of elective credit.

Choose additional credits from Political Science, allied fields or student interest. Students may also benefit from developing language skills especially if focusing on international or comparative politics.

Advising Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

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