Skip to main content

Browse the programs of study at Paris Junior College

Programs of Study

Social & Behavioral Sciences


Degree Type: AA

Semester Credit Hours: 60

First Semester - 15 SCH

ENGL 1301 - Composition I
HIST 1301 - United States History I
MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Methods
BIOL 1322 - Nutrition & Diet Therapy
EDUC/PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework

Second Semester - 15 SCH

ENGL 1302 - Composition II
HIST 1302 - United States History II
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
PHYS 1303 - Stars and Galaxies
COSC 1301 - Introduction to Computing

Third Semester - 15 SCH

GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
SPCH 1321 - Business & Professional Communication
ENGL 2331 - World Literature
SPAN 2311 - Intermediate Spanish I

Fourth Semester - 15 SCH

GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
HIST 2321 - World Civilizations I
ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II

Marketable Skills

Critical Thinking Skills: Creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information, using technology as appropriate.
Communication Skills: Effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Teamwork: Ability to be flexible and to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others, taking the initiative when appropriate, to support a shared purpose or goal.
Social Responsibility: Intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Personal Responsibility: A strong work ethic and the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the origins and evolution of the U.S. political system with a focus on the growth of political institutions.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze the influence of interest groups, political parties, and the media on U.S. policy-making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative branch, the courts, and the executive branch.

High School Endorsements

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Transfer Path / Requirements

For Texas A&M Commerce

  • A student completing the PJC curriculum is considered Core complete at TAMU-C.
  • No more than 60-66 sch from PJC will be applied to a bachelor degree at TAMU-C.  Another 60 or more must be completed at TAMU-C.
  • For the Political Science major, ten advanced courses are required by TAMU-C: PSCI 330 (Intro to Political Science), PSCI 335 (Political Economy), PSCI 488 (Contemporary Ideas), and one or more courses in each of these areas:  Political Theory & Philosophy, Public Policy, American Political Processes, American Political Institutions, Comparative Politics, International Relations.
  • Students should take both GOVT 2305 and 2306 at PJC before transferring to another institution.
  • Students who are considering teaching in high schools or middle schools must follow guidelines set for teacher certification.                                                                
  • Students should refer to the catalog of the institution to which he/she plans to transfer for degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

Public policy analyst; Urban planner; Paralegal; Program plans analyst; Research analyst; City Manager; Public administrator; Journalist; Budget analyst; Foreign Service/Diplomatic Corps; Law enforcement; Community affairs specialist; Teacher; Contracts specialist; Campaign worker; Lobbyist; Social worker; Legislative, judicial, or executive aide; Political consultant; Non-Profit or NGO analyst.