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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorDavid Fistein, PhD
Associate Professor
850.769.1551 ext. 2826

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Political Science, AA

Interested in How Government Systems Work and Interact with Each Other?

Is your social media full of posts about upcoming elections and the pros and cons of each candidate? Are you reading every point of view posted and relishing the difference of opinions you are finding? If you find yourself searching the Internet for the latest news on candidates and watching political debates and events, or even dream of one day being a participant or moderator, then Gulf Coast State College's Political Science Option, Liberal Arts AA transfer track is the perfect fit for you!

As a political science major, you will develop the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. The courses offered in Gulf Coast State College's Political Science AA transfer track program will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs. With cable television and the Internet fueling unprecedented levels of public debate and interest in the inner workings of governmental entities, political science has become a popular career choice for many young professionals.

Political Science Course Requirements

English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours from a list of Math Courses
Physical Science
Biological Science
Behavioral Sciences
American National Government or State and Local Government
Comparative Government or International Relations 

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with Political Science Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Policy Analyst
Legislative Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Social Media Manager
Marketing Research Analyst
Political Consultant

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
University of Central Florida
University of Miami
Florida State University

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Ibrahim GCSC Alumna / Political Science Major

Meet Ibrahim, GCSC Alumna / Political Science Major

"I choose Gulf Coast State College because of its location, and because I would have access to top professionals in their field.  I met professors with Ph.D.s, and they came from a similar background as mine.  I thought,  'If they can do it, why can't I?' " -Gulf Coast State College Alumna, Associate in Arts
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