Political Science

Political Science explores the behavior, theory, and systems of local, state, national, and sometimes international politics.  Political science may also touch on elements at play like psychology, economics, public policy, and foreign relations.  Political science majors examine world events from a variety of perspectives and students often concentrate on a specific area of politics, like international relations or local government. 

The Associate of Arts in Political Science and Pre-Law at North Idaho College approximates the equivalence of the first two years of study for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  It requires a foreign language component and a broader depth of courses in other social sciences. Students are introduced to some of the various subfields of political science and the scope of the discipline.  The Associates of Arts program also serves as a foundation for further professional or academic study in pre-law, business, secondary teaching with an emphasis in social studies, public administration, international studies and other related social sciences.  Undergraduate degrees in Political Science are often the path chosen by many seeking entrance into law school though it should be noted that other disciplines can be equally successful.  Students are strongly encouraged to check with their undergraduate transfer institution for specific degree and coursework requirements.

Please contact the political science department for a list of potential careers in political science. 

Completion of the associate of arts degree at North Idaho College meets the general core requirements at all Idaho public universities.

POLS instructors at NIC- click on name below to see faculty information and class/office schedule:

John Keating - Dual Credit Instructor

John Reese

Richard Tanksley

Andrew Thomas 

Ken Thompson