Political Science

Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for 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.

Political Science  — What is it?

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.

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising


Terry Taylor
Room 5343

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.


Career Opportunities — 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 Career Counseling.


Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret, and explain political events, ideas, and governmental processes.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, approaches, and theories used in gathering and analyzing information applicable to the discipline of political science.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate information clearly and logically in written forms using political science methodologies


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits, Completion Award: A.A. Degree