Political Science

Political Science

About the Political Science Pathway 

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Art degree requirements with an emphasis in political science. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers such as government, commerce, and nonprofit work. It also allows you to transfer into most bachelor’s degree programs with your first two-years of schooling completed.

Political science is the study of conflict and cooperation within societies. In order to make sense of the political world, political scientists investigate concepts such as justice, liberty, representation and democracy.  Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, or civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society?  If so, this degree pathway may be perfect for you.

When you study political science you’ll expand your knowledge of American politics, comparative government, international politics, political theory and methods of political analysis. But you’ll also gain important skills that employers in every field value such as statistical analysis skills, research capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge of the international political community.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Program Pathway Map

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

View Program Pathway Map

Career Opportunities

  • Policy Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Market Researcher
  • Research Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Writer
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Arbitrator
  • Paralegal
  • Activist
  • Politician
  • Legislator

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, legal studies, or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1550

Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees………………………………….......…....$200

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.

Where can I go if I have questions about this program pathway? 

(206) 934-5387 ⋆ AdvisorSouth@SeattleColleges.edu ⋆ RSB 11