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Butler Community College 2024-25 Catalog 
Butler Community College 2024-25 Catalog

Political Science (AA)

Program Information

Do you have concerns about what motivates our public officials and how their decisions affect the average citizen? Do you have questions regarding the nature of “who gets what” as national, local and state governments decide issues of taxation, spending and constitutional matters? If so, you probably have at least a moderate interest in political science. Butler offers a variety of courses that probe the workings of the public realm. If you are concerned about what happens “inside the beltway” in Washington, D.C. and its impact on U.S. citizens, Butler offers a course in American Federal Government. If you have questions regarding decisions made in Topeka and other levels of government closer to your home, the course in State and Local Government may best suit your interests. If you have questions about politics in the global environment, consider the course in International Relations.

Butler Community College is committed to flexible pathways for our student’s success. Courses are offered in varying delivery formats; face-to-face, blended and online. When reviewing this pathway, please check the Class Schedule to identify which format the course is offered to make sure you are selecting the delivery modality that fits your needs.

Kansas State Wide Transfer course (T►)
Milestone Courses - 
Courses are considered essential for progress within a selected Pathway and are indicated by a diamond symbol (♦).
This course is offered online (O)

Program Pathway Learning Outcomes

Click here to view this program’s assessment data. For more information or questions, please contact Phil Speary at pspeary@butlercc.edu or 316.322.3226.

Butler General Education Bucket Requirements (35)

Butler Community College participates in the Kansas systemwide general education (SGE) framework within AA and AS degrees.  The SGE framework includes 34-35 credit hours organized in 7 “buckets” each identified by an individual SGE code.  

  • All students are required to take EG101 and EG102 from Bucket 1.
  • All students are required to take either SP100 or SP102 from Bucket 2.
  • All students are required to take one math course from Bucket 3.
  • All other buckets where a course is marked as preferred, students can choose any course listed in the state approved bucket if they meet the prerequisite for the course. 
  • Courses in any of the buckets 3-7 not marked preferred are mandatory in the pathway unless an alternative is approved by the dean overseeing the pathway.
  • Courses listed in the Pathway not identified with a bucket are required for completion of the given degree pathway and are not intended to fulfill the state approved general education bucket package.
  • Students are encouraged to contact Academic Advising for further information.

For more information: Butler General Education Bucket Requirements  

Bucket 1   Bucket 2   Bucket 3   Bucket 4   Bucket 5   Bucket 6   Bucket 7  

Contact Information

Tim Myers
Department Chair
Office: BOA, Room 5343A

First Term: 16 Credit Hours

Select one: 3 Credit Hours (Bucket 6-SGE060)

Second Term: 14 Credit Hours

Third Term: 15-16 Credit Hours

Select one: 3 Credit Hours (Bucket 2-SGE020)

Fourth Term: 15 Credit Hours

Total Degree Pathway Credit Hours: 60-61