Academic Planning Worksheet: Political Science

Preparation for your intended major is a factor in the review of your UW transfer application. Use this worksheet to help you plan for admission to your intended major and for UW general education requirements.


Department admission information

This major has minimum admission requirements. Political Science offers options in Political Economy and International Security.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 in each POL S course taken for admission to major.

Transfer students must be enrolled at the UW before applying to the major. Students are admitted all quarters. Applications are due on the second Friday of each quarter. Applications and additional information are available from advisers in 215 Smith and on the Political Science Department website.

Applicants who meet the stated requirements will be admitted in time to register for the following quarter as majors.


Courses required for admission to major

Directions: Record the courses you have taken, are taking or plan to take prior to UW enrollment that you believe are equivalent to the UW course requirements listed below. Not sure? Use the transfer course equivalency guide.

UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
Example: MATH 124 – Calculus I MATH 151 AUT 08
15 credits from the following courses:
    POL S 101 I&S — Introduction to Politics
    POL S 201 I&S — Introduction to Political Theory
    POL S 202 I&S — Introduction to American Politics
    POL S 203 I&S — Introduction to Int'l Relations
    POL S 204 I&S — Introduction to Comparative Politics
    POL S 205 I&S — Political Science as Social Science
Courses that develop writing skills and breadth of knowledge (recommended)
Introductory statistics (recommended)

Entering transfer GPA

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2018: 700

Total from Washington community colleges: 68

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 18
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 16
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 11
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 14
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 8
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 0
  • 2.49 and below1

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