Political ScienceAssociate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)
This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Art degree requirements with a concentration 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.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)
|Full time : 6
You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.
Before Quarter One
- Please visit the Steps to Enroll page for everything you need to do.
- Review the Academic Calendar for key enrollment dates.
- If you need help with the Steps to Enroll, please contact the Welcome Center.
Step 1: Apply and register at South Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.
Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.
Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List90 Units
A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.
Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.
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- Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals.
- Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling, and WorkSource career services.
- Visit the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects.
- Visit the Tutoring Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online.
- Get involved on campus! Check out some of the resources, clubs and activities available to you through Student Life and TRiO, RST, and more!
- Create an educational plan with your advisor.
- Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
- Attend transfer workshops and/or a transfer fair. Find more information on our Transfer Resources page.
- Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options.
- Visit South’s transfer webpage for transfer information.
- Update your educational plan with your advisor.
- Attend transfer workshops, including a personal statement workshop.
- Write your personal statement.
- Build relationships with faculty and staff at South to learn more about your pathway and future opportunities.
- Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
- Check in with your university for transfer planning.
- Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
- Attend commencement ceremony.
Tuition and Funding
Need help paying for college?
To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.
- Policy Analyst
- Intelligence Analyst
- Political Consultant
- Public Relations Specialist
- Market Researcher
- Research Analyst
- Legislative Assistant
- Political Campaign Staff
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.
Area of StudySocial Sciences, Humanities, and Language
Current Students: Please connect with Advising to create an educational plan and discuss specific class offerings for your program.
If you are already registered for classes or a returning student, please see your primary advisor to create an educational plan. If you need assistance getting connected to the appropriate advisor, visit the Advising Center website.