Political Science | Cascadia College

Political Science

Degree:

Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA  

Area of Interest:

Social Sciences, Human Services, and Education

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits

Cost:

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Modalities:

Coursework may be completed through a combination of web-enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.

Placement:

Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

Find your placement options

Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

One college-level math class needed to complete degree, as well as transfer. MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics is recommended. Please see an academic advisor if you have questions about transfer requirements.

Contact:

If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: advising@cascadia.edu 

Planning Your Courses:

Advisors are here for you: Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements.

You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Be sure to connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team! 

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.

Courses:

0-30 credits

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • COLL 101 College Strategies  
  • *MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement (Choose EDP, View Choice Classes)  
  • POLS& 202 American Government 

*Refer to math notes

30-60 credits

60-90 credits

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class, and an IL (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP-designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information on Integrated Learning and current learning community offerings please follow this link.

If you are interested in Law: If you are interested in Comparative Politics: 

Humanities:

Humanities:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.    

Recommended:

  • CMST 105 Professional Communication 
  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication 
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking 
  • CMST 243 Media Law and Ethics 
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems 
  • PHIL& 115 Critical thinking 
  • PHIL 238 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights 
  • PHIL 240 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics 

Recommended:

 

  • CMST 110 Digital Media, Culture, and Communications 
  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication 
  • CMST 203 Media in United States Society 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  

Recommended:

  • ANTH 151 Anthropology of Human Rights 
  • BUS& 201 Business Law 
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
  • PSYC 245 Social Psychology  
  • SOC 271 Sociology of Deviance 

Recommended:

  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics  
  • ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History 
  • HIST 262 United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century  
  • POLS 206 State and Local Government 
  • POLS 213 Women and  Politics 
  • PSYC 245 Social Psychology   
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  • SOC& 201 Social Problems 

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.   

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather 
  • ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy 
  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms 
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather 
  • ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy 
  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms 
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology 
  • ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy 
  • ASTR& 115 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmos
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts: Your Global Environment 

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology 
  • ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy 
  • ASTR& 115 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmos
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts: Your Global Environment

 

If you are interested in International Relations:  If you are interested in American Politics: 

Humanities:

Humanities:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.    

Recommended:

  • CMST 233 Global Media 
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communicaton  
  • PHIL 238 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights 
  • World Language World Languages (ASL& 121, ASL& 122, ASL& 123, SPAN& 221, SPAN& 222, SPAN& 223, JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122, JAPN& 123) 

Recommended:

 

  • CMST 233 Global Media 
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communicaton  
  • PHIL 238 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights 
  • World Languages (ASL& 121, ASL& 122, ASL& 123, SPAN& 221, SPAN& 222, SPAN& 223, JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122, JAPN& 123)

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  

Recommended:

  • ANTH 151 Anthropology of Human Rights 
  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology  
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics  
  • ECON& 202 Macroeconomics  
  • GS 101 intro to Global Studies  
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity  
  • HIST 210 Islamic Civilization 
  • HIST 268 Modern Latin American History
  • PSYC 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology 

Recommended:

  • ANTH 151 Anthropology of  Human Rights 
  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology  
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics  
  • ECON& 202 Macroeconomics  
  • GS 101 introduction to Global Studies  
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity 
  • HIST 210 Islamic Civilization 
  • HIST 268 Modern Latin American History 
  • PSYC 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology 

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.   

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather 
  • ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy 
  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms 
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts: Your Global Environment 
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather 
  • ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy 
  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms 
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts: Your Global Environment 
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology 
  • ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy 
  • ASTR& 115 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmos 

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology 
  • ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy 
  • ASTR& 115 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmos 

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Integrated Studies-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.

Completion of lower division general education requirements.

Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.

Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.

Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

List 3-5 local transfer institutions, provide link if applicable:

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Washington State University, Pullman

University of Washington, Seattle

Cascadia College, Bothell

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Office for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals.

Career Possibilities

Paths: 1) academia, 2) non-profit sector, 3) business, 4) government. Specifically, professor, K-12 teacher, government/public service, political/campaign consultant/strategist, political campaign staff, lobbyist, candidate for public office, government affairs/relations, international business/country specialist, public opinion researcher/pollster, business development, marketing research, financial consulting, public finance, operations managers, urban planning, policy analyst, intelligence analyst, diplomat, foreign service officer, communications director, public relations specialist, social media manager, community manager, non-profit work, news producer, reporter, law Political science students also gain critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills that are valuable in any profession.  Students do not have to enter politics or politically related fields.

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*NET OnLine (onetonline.org) O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Office for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals.

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