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Political Science and Government


Political science is the study of government and politics in the US and other countries.

Students learn how governments are run and how political parties influence policy-making. They also learn how voters and the public play a role in the political process.

Political science and government programs include topics such as:

Students also take courses about their specific interests, such as education reform, health care, campaign finance, poverty, and environmental problems. Often learning a second language is required.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in political science and government. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in political science and government. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in political science and government. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, students choose elective political science courses to fulfill the major requirements. Courses may include:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Many schools have internship or employment programs. These are with private organizations or government agencies, either locally or in Washington, DC. Many employers look favorably on internship experience, especially for people who do not have a graduate degree in political science.

Graduates from political science programs can work as city administrators, policy analysts, journalists, and researchers. Many work for state and local governments, nonprofit groups, or for politicians. Many people pursue a graduate degree in political science, public policy, or law.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

Whitman College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Columbia College - Naval Station Everett/Marysville

Everett Community College

Highline College

North Seattle College

Northeastern University - Seattle

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

Pacific Lutheran University

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

West Side Area

Columbia College - Whidbey Island

Evergreen State College, The

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College

Saint Martin's University

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Western Washington University

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College