Program Overview

Georgia Perimeter College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science for students interested in utilizing their college career in the study of politics. Students will learn about the system of government and politics in place within the United States. Through the program, students will take part in a general education program in which they will aim to develop their understanding of liberal arts and the humanities.

Students may develop their understanding of politics, U.S., and world history through the program. The curriculum consists of 62 to 66 credit hours of classes that include American Government and Politics, History of the United States Before 1877, and History of the United States After 1877.

Students who successfully complete this program should have proven their skill in political science including understanding of the foundations of American government based on the constitution and established legal, institutional, and political structures that are built around the constitution, and the history of the development of the United States through examination of the country’s history and the history of the government. Graduates should comprehend the importance of leadership within the country and understand the impact of leadership on contemporary governance.

Furthermore, students will also be expected to understand the current events in foreign relations and national issues of the past and present which have resulted in public policy or changes in the U.S. government, and understand the key theories, parties, and events that have shaped political policy.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Perimeter College was founded in 1964 as DeKalb College, a two-year college in Clarkston governed by the DeKalb County Board of Education. The institution grew, opening additional campuses in the county before becoming part of the University System of Georgia in 1986. The college continued to expand and, in 1998, changed its name to Georgia Perimeter College to reflect its broad footprint in the metro Atlanta area. Perimeter College is a diverse, multi-campus urban research university in metropolitan Atlanta. The college is the major provider of associate degrees and student transfer opportunities in Georgia and a gateway to higher education, easing students’ entry into college-level study. 


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