Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.
Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Political Science.
Political Science is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Public Administration, Public Policy, Law, Business and Education.
Where can I go for help?
Political Science Faculty Advisor
206-546-4589 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 5343
General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
email@example.com 206-533-6713 Rm 5236
International Student Academic Advising
9000 Building, Rm. 9302
Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?
Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.).
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education Requirements - 20 Credits
Communication (5 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following classes:
MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended: MATH& 146 .
* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits
Humanities (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST& 220 , World Language if required for university admission or graduation.
Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended: PHIL& 120 .
General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits
Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: POLS 221 , World Language if required for university admission or graduation.
What is Political Science?
Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, and civil rights? If so, you should consider studying political science. Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes. Political Science uses both humanistic and social scientific perspectives to examine the ideal forms of government, and how power and resources are allocated in societies throughout the world.
Contemporary issues in Political Science: Democracy and Human Rights, Elections and Political Campaigns, Power, Violence and War, Social Movements and Justice, Government Institutions, Legitimacy and Authority, Political Culture, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Public Policy, and Globalization.
What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science?
Students who major in Political Science gain the knowledge and skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. For example, political scientists become lawyers, elected officials, city managers, lobbyists, public policy analysts, researchers, professors, mediators, policy planners, public relations specialists and journalists.
Potential employers include: Local, State and Federal Government, Political Parties and Campaigns, Political Action Committees, Law Firms, Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities, Business and Industry, Foreign Service, International Organizations, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations, Newspapers, Radio and TV Stations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
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