Programs & Courses

Political Sci/Legal Studies Pathway

 Associate of Arts-A&S, Political Science /Legal Studies

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mike Stovall Phone: 410-386-8206 Email: The Arts and Sciences-Political Science and Legal Studies recommendation at Carroll Community College offers a broad perspective of the U.S. Government with emphasis on the legal system. Students completing this sequence will be well-positioned to pursue political science, government, or pre-law bachelor's degrees at various colleges and universities, including Towson University (political science), UMBC (political science), University of Maryland-College Park (government and politics), Stevenson University (pre-law). By using ARTSYS (, students can plan a course of study that will transfer seamlessly to an upper-division school of choice.

General Education Requirements

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Three Areas will show as required until two Areas have been completed.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Science courses; one must be a lab course (7-8 credits).   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Social and Behavioral Science courses from 2 different subjects (6 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Arts & Sciences Program Electives

***** IMPORTANT ADVISING NOTES ***** If you select more than 30 credits to fulfill General Education requirements (two 4-credit science courses and/or 4 or more credits of math), you may apply the "extra" credit toward your electives. See an advisor for clarification. This program of study is a transfer recommendation under the ARTS and SCIENCES major. Your degree, ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, will appear on your diploma. Your transcript will say ASSOCIATE of ARTS in ARTS and SCIENCES. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. You may take any 29 elective credits to meet Carroll graduation requirements. Consult ARTSYS, Carroll advisers, and the receiving college catalog to select courses that will transfer toward your bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Career Strategies

  • Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims' program, such as a rape crisis center
  • Develop a network of contact through referrals and informational interviews.
  • Conduct research on topics that could be useful in your community such as homelessness, education, environment, economic development, etc.
  • Get involved in civic organizations and events.
  • Become familiar with government application processes. Many government jobs have strict guidelines; read the descriptions to guide what courses and experiences you need.
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics, economics and data analysis
  • Acquire foreign language and cultural competencies
  • Research the many specialized agencies within the state and federal government to find one that fits your interests.
  • Gain experience through internships in agencies, non-profits, campaigns, and legislatures.
  • Become a student member of professional associations:

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Social Sciences Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your program of study.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Cultivate multicultural exposure by participating in campus diversity events.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.).
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g.  Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Look into joining the  Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.