About the Program
The government curriculum aims to educate students by emphasizing broad preparation, diversity and flexibility for a lifetime of learning. With an education in political science, students obtain the vital intellectual skills that qualify them to be employed in a great number of occupations as well as to be informed and active citizens.
AWARD TYPES: Associate in Arts
AREA OF STUDY: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degrees and Certificates
Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.View Degrees & Certificates by Program
All courses offered by the Government Department at Houston Community College will transfer to four-year universities. The two basic Government courses, 2305 and 2306, are required for all bachelor's degrees issued by public universities in the state of Texas. Some students may have credit from Government 2301 or 2302 (old course numbers). No one with the old course numbers will lose any credit. See Note A below.
Since all bachelor's degrees issued by public universities in Texas generally require both Government 2305 and 2306, a student should complete both of these courses at Houston Community College. It is important to note that the courses are not sequential, which means that you do not have to take Government 2305 before you take Government 2306. Both courses may be taken in the same semester if the student wishes to do so.
A degree in Government (political science) can lead to careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; education; electoral politics and research.
Online Program Restrictions
Some online programs may require up to 15% of their curriculum be taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Language Option Restrictions
Some online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.
Elective Course Restrictions
Some online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Required Course Restrictions
Some online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Potential Course Restrictions
Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.
Field of Study Curriculum
Pollical Science [HCC offers Government] Field of Study (FOS) Curriculum
Field of Study Coursework:
- GOVT 2304 Introduction to Political Science
- GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution & Topics)
- GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution & Topics)
- MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Models
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has designated the Field of Study Curriculum courses as “fully transferable” to other public colleges and universities in Texas. Students planning on transferring to either private or out-of-state institutions should direct transfer questions to that college or university.
For more information, refer to the HCC Catalog (https://www.hccs.edu/programs/catalog/ ) and Field of Study Curricula Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board thecb.state.tx.us/institutional-resources-programs/public-universities-health-related-institutions/transfer-resources/field-of-study-curricula/
Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.
Government - Field of Study, A.A.
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