Political Science Transfer AA

Last updated 6/9/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1008

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Joan Eastlund, 309-796-5424, eastlundj@bhc.edu
Jay Pearce, 309-796-5412, pearcej@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in political science at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College.

Since universities may require specific courses for political science major, students should contact an advisor from among the political science faculty.

This curriculum provides a broad perspective on the human condition and skills essential to any educated person. Students will become familiar with the workings of American government and the American political system at every level-national, state, and local. In addition, they will study how governments function in other countries, and how the governments of different countries interact with each other. Students who complete this program will have a solid foundation upon which to build a political science major at a four-year school.

Students who complete a degree in political science may be employed in a variety of government positions, both appointive and elective, in this country and abroad. In addition, they may work as teachers, college professors, campaign coordinators, public administrators, lawyers, pollsters, research analysts, etc.

Political Science Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1008
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
CS 100 — Intro to Computers (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
HIST 105 — History of the US to 1877 (3)
POLS 191 — Introduction to Political Science (3)
Physical Science - GEOG or GEOL (3-4)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
HIST 106 — History of the US Since 1877 (3)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Life Science (3)

Third Semester
HIST 125 — Western Civilization I (3)
PSYCH 101 — Intro to Psychology (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
Mathematics (3)
Non-Western Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
HIST 127 — Western Civilization II (3)
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
POLS 252 — State and Local Government (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Elective (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Note: In order to meet AA/AS Degree requirements, the student must have completed a total or minimum of 64 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA.

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HIST 105 History of the United States to 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the history of the United States from the discovery of America through 1865, including settlement and westward expansion, the development of the American government, the growth of the American economy, the evolution of an American style of life and thought, and the development of sectionalism culminating in the Civil War. IAI: S2 900

HIST 106 History of the United States Since 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 105 not required for enrollment.
Examines history of the United States from close of the Civil War through the present, including the rise of the U.S. as a major world power, the continued growth and development of the federal government, efforts to improve the status of minorities and women, the growth of the economy, and the changing pattern of American life. IAI: S2 901

HIST 125 Western Civilization I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the foundations of Western civilization in the ancient near east and the Greco-Roman world, and traces the transmission of ideas from these early cultures to the Medieval world, from the first feudal monarchies to the Protestant Reformation. Among the cultures studied are those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. IAI: H2 901

HIST 127 Western Civilization II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 125 not required for enrollment.
Surveys expansion of Western civilization since the 17th century. Examines the age of kings, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the development of nationalism and industrialism, and the rising tide of violence in the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the spread of Western ideas and institutions throughout the world. IAI: H2 902

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

POLS 122 American National Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the development and operation of the U.S. national system of government; evolution of the Constitution; the organization, powers, and functions of the three branches of government; the practice and limitations of American politics; and the interrelationships with state and local governments. IAI: S5 900

POLS 191 Introduction to Political Science
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to the academic discipline of political science that focuses attention on the nature and scope of political science, the political process, political theories, and the interrelationships of various elements of a political system. IAI: S5 903

POLS 252 State and Local Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the organization and functions of state and local
governments with an evaluation of their roles in the U.S. federal system of government. IAI: S5 902

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 9000