Political Science

Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree - Political Science Specialization

The following course set fulfills the requirement of the Specialization in Political Science for the Associate of Arts (DTA)Degree and prepares students for transfer as a a political science major with junior standing at the University of Washington-Tacoma and the University of Washington-Seattle.

Students who major in political science gain a depth of experience and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers. Political science majors can become campaign staffers, government employees, non-profit employees, business professionals, grant writers and journalists. With additional education, political science majors can become lawyers, paralegals, educators and researchers.

All public universities in the state of Washington have a language requirement at the bachelor degree level. Students should review those requirements and ensure they meet them prior to transfer. World language credit can be applied toward humanities, multicultural and general elective requirements of the Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree.

Degree Program

Associate of Arts Degree (Option A) with a Political Science track (90 credits)
Requirements
Career Options

 

Political Science Core (20 credits)
Number Title Credits

Political Science Foundation Courses (15 credits)
Select 3 courses from the following

POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science 5
POLS& 201 Introduction to Political Theory 5
POLS& 202 American National Government and Politics 5
POLS& 203 International Relations 5
Political Science Electives (5 credits)
Select one course from the following
POLS 231 Politics and Film (topics vary) 5
POLS 240 Environmental Politics and Sustainability 5

 

 

Additional Degree Requirements (70 credits)
Number Title Credits

ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)

English Composition/Speaking Skills

Select 5 additional credits from the Communication section of the Approved Distribution Course List. 

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skill Requirement (5 credits)

Select 5 credits from the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List. 

Humanities (15 credits)

Select courses from the Humanities section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. No more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level.  No more than five credits of performance/skills courses can be used to satisfy this requirement.

 

Social Sciences (5 credits)

Select one course from the Social Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List that is not a Political Science course.

Natural Sciences (15 credits)

Select courses from the Natural Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. Courses must include at least 10 credits from the courses listed as Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences. Courses must include at least one laboratory course.

Recommendations include SCI 105 Climate Change with Lab and ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab.

Physical Education (PE) (3 credits)

Select three credits of PE activity from the approved distribution list. 

Distribution Electives (2 credits) 

Distribution electives must be selected from courses listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List.

Other College-Level Electives (15 credits)

Select general elective courses to reach the 90 credit hours required for the Associate of Arts degree. All elective credits must be selected from courses numbered 100 or above. PE activity credits cannot be used as electives.

 

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Faculty Advisor

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