Political science is the study of governments, public policies, and political processes and behaviors. Using a number of scientific tools, political scientists are able to examine the processes, policies, and political systems of all cultures and places.
Political science students gain skills that are useful in a number of fields and occupations, including governments, law, business and industry, international organizations, nonprofit groups, and electoral politics.
The courses presented at Pierce College are lower division prerequisites for a political science major in all of Washington's colleges and universities. Students working toward a transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Since the requirements for each institution vary, these students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.
Political science major
The following courses are recommended for students preparing to major in political science: