Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.A. - Political Science (TTP)

Degree: Associate of Arts
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: Political Science

For more information, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Department of Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science is focused on developing in students an understanding of the present that is informed by an awareness of the past as well as the complex and interdependent relationships between cultures and societies.  This pathway is for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field of history, criminal justice, or law.

Transfer Options
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Credits: (3)
  • Foreign Language (One-Year Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (6)
  • Political Science Elective (POLS Prefix) Credits: (3) 5
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (7) 6

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


  1. Students who plan to transfer to the UoM must complete at least one fine arts under the Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirement.
  2. Students transferring to TTU should take POLS 1010: Introduction to Political Science and SOCI 1010: Introduction to Sociology.
  3. Students should confer with their advisor or a representative of the university to which they intend to transfer to determine the recommended history courses. Students who intend to transfer to UTK should take six credit hours of a non-U.S. History sequence to fulfill the History requirements. UTC requires that one of the History courses be U.S. History.
  4. Students planning to transfer to UTK should complete an 8-hour natural science lab sequence.
  5. Consult the catalog or advisor at the transferring institution to determine if this Political Science elective course may count towards the major or as a general elective.
  6. For students planning on transferring to UTK you will need a 1-year intermediate level sequence in a single foreign language.  A total of seven credit hours are unspecified; transferable electives are needed to complete the degree requirements. 

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

  • Political Science Elective (POLS Prefix) Credits: (3) 5
  • Foreign Language (One-Year Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4) 4
  • History  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3) 3
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3) 1

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • Credits: (3)
  • Foreign Language (One-Year Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (3)
  • History  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3) 3
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts  (Literature Course - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3) 1
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (3) 6