Political Science/Pre-Law
Home > Degree Programs >  Social Sciences > Political Science/Pre-Law

Political Science/Pre-Law

Associate in Arts

Minimum of 61 credit hours
The political science/pre-law degree at Oklahoma City Community College gives you the opportunity to explore the science of politics and law. The program represents a broad spectrum of teaching interests, approaches, and courses. We pride ourselves in our strengths in teaching, not only in the sub-fields of political science – American politics, public policy, law, public administration, comparative politics, and political theory – but also in the quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, as examined in the state’s only community college level political science capstone course. When you study political science/pre-law at Oklahoma City Community College, you will have the opportunity to enhance your writing, research, and critical analysis skills. You will also find your strengths in conveying information, while learning how to critically challenge values, beliefs, and opinions, and viewing the world through various perspectives. Our program is successful in preparing our majors for the rigors of studies and student life at the university level.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE 1 Life Skills
    ENGL 1113 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3 Gen Ed
    HIST 1483 U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR 3 Gen Ed
    POLSC 1113 AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3 Gen Ed
    BIO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE 3-4 Gen Ed
    GEOG 2603 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3 Gen Ed
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    ENGL 1213 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3 Gen Ed
    HIST 1493 U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR 3 Gen Ed
    POL SCI POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3 Major
    MATH 1513 COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR BUSINESS, LIFE SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES  OR Gen Ed
    MATH 1503 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS  OR Gen Ed
    MATH 2013 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS 3 Gen Ed
    HUM HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3 Gen Ed
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    HUM HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3 Gen Ed
    POL SCI POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 6 Major
    PHYS ANY PHYSICAL SCIENCE 3-4  Gen Ed
    ECON 1013 INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS 3 Gen Ed
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    POLSC 2613 SCOPE AND METHODS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 3 Major
    FA ELEC FACULTY APPROVED ELECTIVE 11 Support
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (12 Credit Hours) Political Science: POLSC 2613; nine credit hours Political Science Electives

    General Education Courses: (37 Credit Hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483; HIST 1493; Political Science: POLSC 1113; *Science: Three to four credit hours of general education Biological Science; three to four credit hours Physical Science. One of the science courses must include a lab component.; Humanities: Six credit hours Humanities; Mathematics: MATH 1503 or MATH 1513 or MATH 2013; Geography: GEOG 2603; Economics: ECON 1013.

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (11 Credit Hours) *Elective: 11 credit hours Approved Elective

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This program is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university. See University Parallel/Transfer Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

    Approved Electives are any course in the following areas of Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business, Computer Science, Journalism and Broadcasting, Economics, History, Psychology and Sociology.

    At least one science course must contain a laboratory component. 

  • Course Descriptions

    Biological Science

    BIO - BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Biological Science

    Economics

    ECON 1013 - INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0203 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined measures.
    3 CREDITS

    This course is an introduction to the fundamental framework economists use to analyze problems. Students will explore the principles by which decisions are made by consumers, businesses and the government. Upon completion of this course will be able to relate the principles of economics to solve everyday problems. Topics covered include scarcity, choice and opportunity cost; demand, supply, market efficiency and structure; consumer utility theory, inflation, unemployment and the effects of government policy and intervention.

    Electives

    FA ELEC - FACULTY APPROVED ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Faculty approved elective

    HUM - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    PHYS - ANY PHYSICAL SCIENCE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Any Physical Science

    POL SCI - POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Political Science elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3 CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    Geography

    GEOG 2603 - WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
    Prerequisites: NONE
    3 CREDITS

    The student will examine the world’s major cultural regions and determine the relationship between the physical environment and economic, social and political conditions.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1870 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, the student will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in his society and help resolve conflict in society based on the students search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1503 - CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score. Pre or Co-requisite ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the mathematics needed for critical evaluation of quantitative information and arguments (including logic, critical appraisal of graphs and tables); use of simple mathematical models, and an introduction to elementary statistics.

    MATH 1513 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR BUSINESS, LIFE SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the general concepts of relation and function and specifically of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the ability to solve systems of equations by utilizing matrices and determinants; and the ability to solve practical problems using algebra.

    MATH 2013 - INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will solve problems applying the concepts of random sampling, elementary probability, testing hypotheses, descriptive measures, chi-square, regression and correlation, and analysis of variance.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    POLSC 2613 - SCOPE AND METHODS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
    Prerequisites: POLSC 1113 and MUST HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST 6 HOURS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES (e.g. 2003, 2103, 2113, 2213, 2223, 2303, 2603).
    3 CREDITS

    This course examines the broad scope of political science from its earliest philosophic origins to its development as a contemporary social science. Various sub-fields of political science are analyzed including political theory, public administration, political behavior, comparative government, international relations, American government, methodology, and public policy.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

Visit the OCCC CampusApplyAsk an Enrollment Couselor