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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

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SOCIAL SCIENCES
Political Science Specialization
Code: 8824 Catalog Year: 2012-2013
Associate of Science Degree   AL
  Courses Credits Grade
Two Years
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication or 3  
  Interpersonal Communication or    
  Intercultural Communication    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
4ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
10___ General Education Elective 3  
1HIS Elective 3  
7___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3  
7___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3  
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3  
2MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or higher level 3  
2MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II or higher level MTH 3  
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1  
5___ ___    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4  
5___ ___    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4  
8PLS Elective 3  
8PLS Elective 3  
PLS 120 Intro to Political Science 3  
PLS 135 American National Politics or 241 International Relations I 3  
6PLS 136 State and Local Politics or see footnote 6 3  
9SOC Elective 3  
11___ Social Science Elective 3  
3SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total   61  
Total credits for the Political Science Specialization=61

1 HIS 101 or 102 are recommended to meet the Western Civilization requirement at many universities. Other HIS courses may be chosen from the list of approved general education courses.

2 Many universities require MTH 151 or higher while others require MTH 163 or 166 or higher, often including a statistics course for majors in the social sciences. It is therefore important that students confer with a counselor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses for their intended transfer university.

3 Students can take the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

4 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

5 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

6 Students who take PLS 135 American National Politics must also take PLS 136 State and Local Politics. Students who take PLS 241 International Relations I, must also choose from one of the following courses: PLS 242 International Relations II; PLS 140 Intro to Comparative Politics; PLS 200 Political Ideologies; PLS 250 Intro to Conflict Resolution; PLS 255 Intro to Peace and Stability Operations; or SSC 115 Intro to Global Affairs.

7 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution. Students who plan to transfer into a BA program should take intermediate level foreign language to fulfill these electives.

8 PLS electives include any of the following: PLS 135 American National Politics; PLS 136 State and Local Politics; PLS 140 Intro to Comparative Politics; PLS 200 Political Ideologies; PLS 211 US Government I; PLS 212 US Government II; PLS 220 Political Parties and Elections in the US; PLS 225 US Presidency; PLS 230 Congress of the US; PLS 241 International Relations I; PLS 242 International Relations II; PLS 250 Intro to Conflict Resolution; PLS 255 Intro to Peace and Stability Operations; and SSC 115 Intro to Global Affairs.

9 SOC 201, 202, 211 or 212 are recommended to meet the Sociology requirement at many universities.

10 General Education Electives may be met by one of the courses listed under General Education Electives.

11 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western Civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.