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Associate in Arts Degree - Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs

AA Degree - Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs
Associate in Arts Degree - Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs

Program Overview

The Associate in Arts Degree - Emphasis in Social Science / Public Affairs program provides students with the opportunity to learn both the political science-based interpretation of public policy as well as the integration of other disciplines and fields that directly contribute to the management of public interest​

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Arts Degree – Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Social Science or Political Science.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​​​

What You'll Learn


  • How to apply political theory to contemporary problems and issues​
  • An understanding of the fields of social science and public affairs​
  • Develop skills in thinking, communication and methods of inquiry and applications of knowledge
  • Critically examine and develop an appreciation for diverse people, cultures, and life roles.  

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    Additional Requirements for AA Degree

    • At least 60 earned college-level credits (40 MnTC credits and 20 additional MnTC, pre-major or elective credits)
    • A grade of “C” or better in ENGL1711
    • Associate in Arts (AA) cumulative GPA of 2.0
    • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) cumulative GPA of 2.0
    • Meet Saint Paul College residency requirement: 20 credits. This requirement may be reduced to 12 credits with transfer of at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State College and University or the University of Minnesota.​
  • Career Settings

    ​Students who successfully complete the Associate in Arts Degree – Emphasis in Social Science/ Public Affairs will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Social Science or Political Science. With a degree in political science you can work in a number of fields within the Government and Public Administration system such as compliance officers, operations managers, political scientists, and public relations specialists.

  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    AA Degree - Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs

    • BA Social Science - Generalist, Metropolitan State University 
    • BA Social Science - Political Science, Metropolitan State University
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  • Program Advisor

    ​​Transfer Specialists are the Academic Advisors for the Associate in Arts degree. They are located in the Advising Center, Room 1340, Main Floor. For assistance or additional information about the specific articulation agreements, please call or email the Transfer Center at 651.846.1739 or transfer.center@saintpaul.edu​​.​

    Program Faculty
    James Andresen
    james.andresen@saintpaul.edu​

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Career Information

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