Contact Information

Chairperson:
Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant:
Judy Robinson
Phone:
732-906-2590
Fax:
732-603-7049
Email:
HSS@middlesexcc.edu
Location:
Raritan Hall

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

History & Social Science
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 Contact Information

Chairperson:
Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant:
Judy Robinson
Phone:
732-906-2590
Fax:
732-603-7049
Email:
HSS@middlesexcc.edu
Location:
Raritan Hall

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Liberal Arts - Political Science A. A. Degree

Political Science is the study of political philosophy and government. Since politics interacts with all aspects of society, political science has a kinship with the social sciences of psychology, sociology, and economics, and with humanities such as philosophy, history, and literature.

Political Science at Middlesex addresses practical questions: “Who has power?” “How are governments organized?” “How are decisions made?” “Who gets what?” It also considers ideas and values such as democracy, liberty, order, equality and justice. Successful completion of the degree is a prelude to a career in Public Service (Government), the Non-Profit Sector, or the Practice of Law.

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
  2. Gather, analyze, and synthesize relevant information from various sources and contexts and apply it in an informed and responsible way to address issues within the field of political science
  3. Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively in writing using APA formatting.
  4. Analyze the major frameworks in political science
  5. Discuss both global and national institutional, governmental, political and public policy systems and structures.

SEMESTER I

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

OR

SEMESTER 2

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

3

Choose one 3-credit Mathematics course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

SEMESTER 3

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

OR

OR

3

Take a 200-Level Political Science (POS) Elective.

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Diversity (GE DIV).

Suggested Diversity Electives:

SOC-205 - Diversity and Multiculturalism in US Society

HIS-260 - Dimensions of Prejudice, Genocide and the Holocaust

3

Choose one 3-credit GE Lab Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Lab Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

SEMESTER 4

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Take a 200-Level Political Science (POS) Elective.

OR

OR

OR

OR

3

Choose one course from the following areas: AFS, ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CHN, CJU, COM, COR, DAN, EDU, ENG, FRE, GER, GLS, HCS, HES, HED, HIN, HIS, ITA, JOU, LNC, MAD, MAT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY, POL, POS, PSY, SCI, SOC, SPA, SPE, SSD and THE.

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
  • Gather, analyze, and synthesize relevant information from various sources and contexts and apply it in an informed and responsible way to address issues within the field of political science.
  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively in writing using APA formatting.
  • Analyze the major frameworks in political science.
  • Discuss both global and national institutional, governmental, political, and public policy systems and structures.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair 
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education is a broad-based program of study that exposes students to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology.  The study of the Liberal Arts empowers students for success in transfer and a career in the diverse, ever-changing 21st century workplace.  A Liberal Arts education equips students with invaluable employability skills including the ability to analyze and construct arguments, think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives.  The cross-cultural knowledge, problem solving, and research and information literacy skills prepare students for civic engagement, life-long learning, and professional success. 

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.