About the Program

The government curriculum aims to educate students by emphasizing broad preparation, diversity and flexibility for a lifetime of learning. With an education in political science, students obtain the vital intellectual skills that qualify them to be employed in a great number of occupations as well as to be informed and active citizens.

AWARD TYPES: Associate in Arts

AREA OF STUDY: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

General Requirements

All courses offered by the Government Department at Houston Community College will transfer to four-year universities. The two basic Government courses, 2305 and 2306, are required for all bachelor's degrees issued by public universities in the state of Texas. Some students may have credit from Government 2301 or 2302 (old course numbers). No one with the old course numbers will lose any credit. See Note A below.

Since all bachelor's degrees issued by public universities in Texas generally require both Government 2305 and 2306, a student should complete both of these courses at Houston Community College. It is important to note that the courses are not sequential, which means that you do not have to take Government 2305 before you take Government 2306. Both courses may be taken in the same semester if the student wishes to do so.



A degree in Government (political science) can lead to careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; education; electoral politics and research.


Online Program Restrictions

Language Option Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. At this time, the only language option currently available online is Spanish. If you would like to take courses in a language other than Spanish, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. If an elective course is not available online, it will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Required Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. If a program requires participation in a campus-based course, the campus-based course will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Potential Course Restrictions
Some courses may require students to participate in campus-based laboratory sessions or proctored examinations. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.



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