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Political Science

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Political Science. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in fields including public service, government, interest groups, sustainability, businesses, social media, and education. It also ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Political Science. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in fields including public service, government, interest groups, sustainability, businesses, social media, and education. It also allows you to transfer at the junior level to a four-year college or university with core Political Science classes completed.

Students in this pathway develop skills in critical analysis, research, multicultural awareness, communication, information literacy, audience analysis, networking, and leadership. Students build foundational  knowledge of political institutions, policy, American systems, globalization, and political theory. Competencies in these areas consistently rank at the top of employer wish lists.
 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 6 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 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.

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.

Apply and register at North 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.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
MATH&107
Math In Society
5 units
POLS&101
Intro Political Science
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Research and develop a list of 4-year colleges and universities.
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Explore careers and majors: workshops, counseling and career services.
  • Visit North's Transfer webpage for transfer information.
  • Check out the Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for nonpartisan policy briefings.
Integrated Studies: ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
Integrated Studies: Visual, Literary & Performing Arts
5 units
POLS&202
American Government
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
ENVS&101
Intro to Env Science
5 units
MATH&146
Introduction to Stats
5 units
POLS&203
International Relations
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
13 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Political Science departments at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Explore possible political science internships.
  • Check out political science events on campus.

 

BUS102
Bus.Organization & Mgmt
3 units
CWE110
Internship
1 - 3 units
PEC136 or Elective
Choose a course
2 units
World Language I or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Explore possible political science internships.
  • Apply for the AA-DTA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
BIOL&100
Survey of Biology
5 units
CMST&220
Public Speaking
5 units
World Language II or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
AME151
Ethnic Studies
5 units
POLS111
American Presidency
5 units
World Language III or Elective
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

A Political Science pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include:

  • Policy Analyst/Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Attorney
  • Teacher
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • College Student Leadership and Activities Director

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit
www.bls.gov/oes.

Once you complete the Associate degree, additional educational opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Economics, Media & Communications, or a related field at a four-year college or university.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Political Science graduates from North 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.

 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language

Program Contact

Department Coordinator
Jill Lane
email
(425) 954-4531

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division

Location
IB 2312

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3709

Mailing Address
NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
9600 College Way N
3nc2312
Seattle, WA 98103​​​​