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Transfer Requirement Information
Purpose Behind On-Line Advising
Political Science
IR aka Global Studies
Assist.org
TAG Agreements and the CRC Transfer Center
No AAT, No Pathway
Appointments
Faculty Contact Information


TRANSFER REQUIREMENT INFORMATION

Requirements to transfer to the UC, CSU or private universities are accessible at www.assist.org

 

PURPOSE BEHIND ON-LINE ADVISING

This tab, though brief, will facilitate student understanding of major transfer requirements for Political Science and International Relations/Global Studies students.  

As CRC introduces a new system of defining majors for students and implements class schedules designed to rush students to a four year institution, it's imperative that students be given the facts as they pertain to their choice of Political Science and/or International Relations (IR) as their major.  

The most important thing that students need to be aware of is CRC’s classification of political science under social science.  In the “Pathways” world, political science has been listed as a part of Social Science – a “meta-major” - designed only to facilitate Pathways classification processes.  Political Science and IR are not Social Science – both are subjects classified as a social science.  CRC counselors are listing political science students as social science majors merely to satisfy institutionally created rubrics – which include AA/ADT degree awards.

Requirements to transfer to the UC, CSU or private universities are accessible at www.assist.org

This website is very easy to use.  Identify CRC as your institution and select which university and campus you seek to transfer to.  IGTC requirements are easily read. 

Students should schedule an appointment with departmental faculty to review their transfer petitions or if they need any additional information.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science is known as “Political Science” or “Government” in the UC and CSU systems.  

CRC offers the following core courses in political science:

               *  Introduction to Government:  US Government (POLSCI 301)
               *  Introduction to Government:  Foreign (POLSCI 302)
               *  Introduction to International Relations (POLSCI 310)
               *  Introduction to International Political Economy (POLSCI 311)
               *  Introduction to Political Theory (POLSCI 320)
               *  Research Methods & Design (POLSCI 380)

Catalog descriptions available in the CRC catalog at:

https://www.crc.losrios.edu/catalog/areas/pols or under the tabs “Course Descriptions” in political science.

California requires an “Institutions” requirement as part of the basic IGTC transfer pattern of courses and POLSCI 301 meets this requirement (Area 4). 

Students must select another 3 courses from the other five courses taught at CRC to satisfy both UC and CSU transfer requirements.

 

IR aka GLOBAL STUDIES

Most, if not all, UC’s and CSU’s classify IR as a subfield in political science; IR is also known as “Global Studies.”  There are many debates as to why IR is housed as part of political science programs but it’s usually associated with the consolidation of majors that took place in both systems during the early 1990’s.  Staffing, funding, access to resources, etc. are now usually done in association with the school’s political science department. 

Students seeking to transfer as an IR or Global Studies major should look at transfer school’s political science departments for guidance on admissions requirements beyond those of the university’s. 

IR majors, like Political Science majors, are required to take 4 courses to be considered eligible to transfer.  Because most institutions house IR in their political science department, it's advisable to seek transfer as a political science major and declare IR as a concentration on arrival at your UC or CSU campus.

California requires an “Institutions” requirement as part of the basic IGTC transfer pattern of courses and POLSCI 301 meets this requirement (Area 4).  Students must select another 3 courses from the other five courses taught at CRC to satisfy both UC and CSU transfer requirements in IR. 

IR/Global Studies majors usually take 1-2 discipline electives per semester depending on class offerings.  The average number of elective units taken by students is usually 12-15.  These units are accepted as transferable by both the UC and CSU systems and may meet other disciplines’ requirements as electives.  Students are encouraged to seek verification through www.assist.org and the designated counselor for that subject.  

CRC Political Science/IR electives include:  

Politics of the Middle East (POLSCI 312)

Latin American Politics (POLSCI 313)

Modern Europe and the Unification Process (POLSCI 314)

Politics in Pacific Rim Nations (POLSCI 315)

African Politics (POLSCI 317)

Central Asian Politics (POLSCI 318)

Politics in Southeast Asia (POLSCI 319)

Revolutions & Ideologies (POLSCI 324)

 

ASSIST.ORG

Requirements to transfer to the UC, CSU or private universities are accessible at www.assist.org

This website is very easy to use.  Identify CRC as your institution and select which university and campus you seek to transfer to.  IGTC requirements are easily read. 

Students are strongly encouraged to devise a plan for their course of study at CRC so that units required are evenly distributed across projected enrollment at CRC.

 

TAG AGREEMENTS and the CRC TRANSFER CENTER

CRC Political Science and IR students tend to transfer into the UC system.  There are two primary ways to accomplish this:  One, apply for a TAG (Transfer Agreement Guarantee) or, two, by applying directly.  In order to transfer successfully, students must meet the UC system's admissions requirements and, as well, that department's requirements.  These requirements are listed on the UC website; discipline requirements are listed by campus division/school.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a UC Representative and to attend TAG workshops held throughout the year.  For more information, see https://www.crc.losrios.edu/services/transfer

Applying directly to a UC campus requires students meet UC and campus department admissions requirements.  To do so effectively, students are strongly encouraged to meet with a UC Representative.  For more information, see https://www.crc.losrios.edu/services/transfer/transfer_center_resources

Students seeking to transfer to a CSU are strongly encouraged to review both CSU and departmental transfer requirements.  Not all CSU's offer an IR major.  Some CSU's specialize in specific subheadings of political science (eg:  CSUS and California Politics).  Math, quantitative methods and critical thinking requirements vary between schools and the UC system's requirements for transfer.  Students applying to multiple schools, across systems especially, are strongly encouraged to meet with both departmental advisors and their school's representatives.  

 

NO AAT,
  NO PATHWAY

CRC's Department of Political Science & Global Studies does not grant an AA degree or an ADT for Political Science or IR majors.  Students completing their course of study apply for transfer at the beginning of their last year - in the fall semester.  Because we do not grant either degree, this major is not identified as having a "pathway" nor supported by one.  As stated, the major is misrepresented above under its meta-major designation.   

 

APPOINTMENTS

Students should schedule an appointment with departmental staff if they have any questions about courses, articulation of courses to the UC or CSU systems and, as well, to review their transfer applications.  Office hours are posted every semester, subject to change depending on faculty teaching load.   

 

FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION

Faculty contact information:

Professor Martin Morales, Chair
Department of Political Science & Global Studies
(916) 691-7114
moralem (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Elizabeth Huffman, Ph.D.
(916) 691- 7714
huffmae (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu