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Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-126
919-536-7223, ext. 8004

Political Science

University Transfer Options

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in Political Science should complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which will transfer to all UNC System schools, most North Carolina independent colleges and universities, and most out of state institutions.

The Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate arts degree at a four-year college or university. Students in this program develop foundational knowledge particularly business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

Course Selection Guide

This course selection guide shown below has been developed by referencing the Baccalaureate Degree plans or the student plans for the Bachelor of Arts degrees at the universities listed below.

  • NC Central University (NCCU) – BA in Political Science
  • NC State University (NCSU) – BA in Political Science (NC State also offers a BS)
  • UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) – BA in Political Science
  • UNC Greensboro (UNCG) – BA in Political Science

There are many concentrations and related degrees for this major, so students should print out and save the baccalaureate degree plan (BDP) for their major and intended transfer university.

Printable Political Science Course Selection Guide (pdf)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (31-32 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; DRA 111, MUS 110, 112COM 231COM 231AnyAny
PHI 215 or PHI 240 AnyPHI 240 AnyAny
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242ENG 231
ENG 232
ENG 231AnyAny
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132HIS 112HIS 131AnyAny
ECO 251, 252, POL 120; PSY 150, or SOC 210POL 120POL 120POL 120POL 120
One additional course from aboveAnySOC 210AnyAny
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
One Math course selected from MAT 143, 152, 171AnyMAT 171AnyAny
Natural Science (4 SHC)
One Science course selected from
AST 151/A, BIO 110, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/A
AnyGEL 111AnyAny
Additional General Education Transfer Hours (13-14 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. FL 112 must be taken with accompanying lab. Foreign Language must be at 112 level or higher for Durham Tech requirements.FL 112FL 211FL 211FL 212
Second Mathematics Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 263. Note: There are prerequisites for these courses that must be met.AnyMAT 152AnyAny
Second Natural Science Course (4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 110, BIO 111, 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 131/A, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 230, PHY 110/110AAnyBIO 110AnyAny

UNC’s BS in Psychology requires CHM 151.

One Additional Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
One additional coursePOL 220POL 220POL 220POL 220
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)

Students should consult their advisor. The listings vary based on the requirements of the selected university and the student's intended major.

College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (0-8 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet prerequisitesAs NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNC-CHUNCG
Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.HEA 110
PED 110
ENG 241 or 242
HIS 111
HUM 110
PSY 150

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

Durham Tech has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a Durham Tech university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)