- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Political science focuses on the uses and consequences of public authority in the allocation of societal resources. Faculty focus on problem-driven research that confronts both traditional and emerging challenges in the United States and throughout the world and specialize in American politics, institutions, and public law; global politics; public policy; political theory; political psychology; and American foreign and security policy.
Specialization tracks available
- Requirements and core courses
POL S 101: American National Government
24 completed semester credits
2.0 GPA for general and global politics options
2.5 GPA for pre-law option
Suggested classes for freshmen
Focus on UCORE requirements. Take an introductory political science course to determine your interest level:
- POL S 101: American National Government
- POL S 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
- POL S 103: International Politics
Suggested classes for transfer students
The department traditionally approves transfer credit for the POL S 101, 102, and 103 courses.
Upper-division political science classes
Any UCORE course, most commonly:
- MATH 105: Exploring Mathematics
- MATH 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
- PHIL 201: Elementary Logic
A typical plan of study may include:
- American National Government
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- International Politics
- Voting and Elections
- National States and Global Challenges
- Urban Politics and Policy
- Scholarships and financial aid
For students in political science
Many scholarships are available to political science majors. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and on academic achievement. Some scholarships are specifically for pre-law majors; others are available to students pursuing a public service career.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Careers in political science
What you can do with a degree in political science
• Government service
• Public policy
• Regional planning
• Campaign worker
• Nonprofit administration
Skills you can market with a degree in political science
• Knowledge of political institutions and processes
• Knowledge of public policies and their outcomes
• Knowledge of political behavior, leadership, and decision making
• Strong research and analytical skills
• Logic, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
• Effective written and oral communication
• Cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Ability to work independently or as a team member
- Program strengths
- Nationally recognized faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests.
- Faculty members routinely lend their expertise to a broad range of local, state, and national government agencies and nongovernmental groups.
- The use of active learning approaches to instruction are used extensively, involving elaborate policy-making simulations, crisis management simulations, and a highly accomplished Mock Trial Team.