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Political Science

What You’ll Learn

  • Explain the core tenets, including the key concepts and theories, of political science
  • Analyze how individuals, society, and government interact to shape public policy
  • Evaluate the application of normative and empirical theories and information to make sense of political reality
  • Apply the core tenets of political science to ideas, institutions, ideologies, interests, and human behavior in society
  • Critically evaluate information, including basic statistics and data
  • Present ideas, arguments, and observations

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the degree worksheet for the AA-DTA degree and work with your advisor to make sure you take the right classes to prepare to transfer in Political Science. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 90 - 92

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
POLS& 101
Intro to Political Science
5
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
HLTH 270
Nutrition for Fitness
3
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 229
Argumentation and Advocacy
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
Choose 1 course from:
GEOG& 102
World Regional Geography
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 160
General Biology with Lab
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
POLS& 202
United States Government
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
SOC& 201
Social Problems
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
BIOL 107
Dinosaur Paleontology
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
GEOL 116
Environmental Geology
5
Choose 1 course from:
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
POLS& 203
International Relations
5
Choose 2 credit from:
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
DRMA 108
Theatre Production
1 - 5
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 187
Cross Training
2
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
Choose 1 course from:
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
BUS 105
Leadership
5
BUS 140
International Marketing
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
Total Credits
 
15-17

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,650
  • Non-Resident

    $
    11,868
  • International

    $
    21,963
  • Books

    $
    2,194
  • Course Fees

    $
    25
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,554

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Meike Mittelstadt
    Meike Mittelstadt
    Political Science
    B.A., M.A., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff; Postgraduate Diploma, Nottingham Trent University, Great Britain; additional study: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
    Meike.Mittelstadt@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3582

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Suzie Heimbigner

Pathways Specialist
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
Building 24, Office 108C