Your Curriculum

Political Science

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Janet Campbell: 503-491-7430 - Room AC 2667

Why study politics? Many students think political science is “dry” and “boring.” NOTHING could be further from the truth. Politics affects the way you think, eat, dress, socialize and work, so it may be worth knowing about. Once you DO know about it you can begin to 1) understand what is going on around you, and 2) think for yourself. Here’s what students say: “I feel more powerful now knowing what I know,” “it changed my life,” “it was fun!”

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a political science degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan. Specific recommendations are available from the Political Science department.

Note that community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

Each of the political science courses on this page is offered at least once a year at Mt. Hood Community College, and some are available in an online format.

First Quarter Credits
PS200 Introduction to Political Science 4
  Oral Communication requirement1 4
  Writing requirement1 4
  Electives1, 2  
Second Quarter
PS201 American Government 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
  Mathematics requirement1 4-5
  Writing requirement1 4
  Electives1, 2  
Third Quarter
PS205 International Relations or
PS204 Introduction to Comparative Politics or
PS203 State and Local Governments3  
  Humanities requirement1 3-4

Science/Math/Computer Science requirement1

Fourth Quarter
PS225 Political Ideology: Ideas about Government 4
  Humanities requirement1 3-4
  Lab Science requirement1 4-5
  Electives1, 2  
Fifth Quarter
  Lab Science requirement1 4-5
  Humanities requirement1 3-4
  Social Science requirement1 3-4
  Electives1, 2  
Sixth Quarter
  Lab science requirement1 4-5
  Social Science requirement1 3-4
  Electives1, 2  

1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer degree; refer to degree requirements, page 10 of the printed catalog.
2 Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits.
3 Note: PS203 and PS204 (irregular intervals), PS205 (Spring).

Note on Language Requirements: While there is no language requirement for the AAOT degree from MHCC, most schools require one year of 200-level language courses; it is advisable to take this requirement at MHCC. If you have no language classes, and need to take 100-level language courses, you should do this during your first year at MHCC. Usually, conversation classes do not count toward this requirement.

Transfer Schools Web Links
Portland State University
University of Oregon -

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