Political Science

Because we are located so close to the State Capital, students have a great opportunity to interact with their government.
Rob Harbaugh, Political Science Faculty

Overview

When you choose political science as a major, you will be exposed to the dynamic origins and operations of government and political behavior. You will also gain the knowledge to analyze the political impacts of social issues, such as war, poverty, crime, education, race, gender, the environment, and globalization. Courses in this program are intended to prepare you to transfer to a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. A Political Science degree can be a big first step toward professional careers in public policy, law, nonprofit management, diplomacy, and numerous political professions.

Mission

Political science is a very diverse discipline which has a distinct body of theory, but is also influenced by a number of other disciplines including economics, history, sociology, and even biology. All political science students are required to take American National Government and Introduction to Political Science. Other courses are determined by a student’s special interests. They include International Relations, Legislative Internship and international travel/study tours.

Why This Program

As a political science major you will analyze the political impacts of social issues, such as war, poverty, crime, education, race, gender, the environment, and globalization. Courses in this program prepare you to transfer to a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. A Political Science degree is a first step toward professional careers in public policy, law, nonprofit management, diplomacy, and numerous political professions.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • To foster critical, independent thinking about politics and public life among our students by learning to comprehend political theories, structures, and processes
  • To prepare students to locate, assess, and logically organize, not just memorize, political information
  • To encourage students to gather knowledge from other disciplines to interpret political situations
  • To provide students with the skills necessary to apply political science knowledge in the appropriate job setting and develop a sense of civic engagement

Additional Opportunities

Internships are an important aspect of the Political Science major, and CWI’s location provides a wide variety of opportunities in state government and the Idaho legislature.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Political Science

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

The best source for career information is the website of the American Political Science Association at: http://www.apsanet.org/careersinpoliticalscience

Professions

  • Activist, Advocate / Organizer
  • Administration
  • Archivist, Online Political Data
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Banking Analyst or Executive
  • Campaign Operative
  • Career Counselor
  • CIA Analyst or Agent
  • City Planner
  • City Housing Administrator
  • Congressional Office / Committee Staffer
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
  • Communications Director
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
  • Corporate Economist
  • Corporate Manager
  • Corporate Information Analyst
  • Corporate Advisor for Govt'l. Relations
  • Corporate Executive
  • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
  • Editor, Online Political Journal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foundation President
  • Freelance Writer
  • High School Government Teacher
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Manager
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Agency Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Division
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Plans and Review Office, USIA
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Pollster
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Survey Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • University Administrator
  • University Professor
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Web Content Editor
  • Corporate
  • Government
  • Non-Profit

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions


5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions


1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions


2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

News and Blogs

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:30am
CWI is celebrating Isaac Castellano who this month saw his book, Civil War Interventions and Their Benefits: Unequal Return, published.
2014 CWI Candidate Forum
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:30pm
The CWI School of Social Science and Public Affairs will host its final political candidate forum of the Spring semester May 8.
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