Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Political Science Transfer Pathway

Start the journey to a four year university degree in Political Science at MSC Southeast


The study of political science teaches valuable analytical, communication, and research skills.

Are you interested in the important political issues of the world today? Do you want to better understand how governments operate? Are you curious about how and why people make political choices and the consequences of those choices?

At Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, Red Wing, or online, you'll be able to explore these important issues while earning a 2-year degree designed for transfer to any Minnesota State university.

As a Political Science major, you will study:

  • Systems of government and institutions
  • Political behavior and culture
  • Media, interest groups, non-governmental organizations
  • Citizen rights and liberties
  • Elections and political parties
  • Political responses to modern problems
  • Political values and ideals

After graduating with the Political Science Transfer Pathway AA degree, you can transfer in as a junior and complete your bachelor's degree by earning 60 additional credits at one of the seven Minnesota State universities (admission requirements, including GPA, apply).

The Political Science Transfer Pathway AA degree is the foundation of a well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences. It provides the basis for understanding and participating in political life as a citizen and employment or involvement with: government, education, politics, business, legal fields, interest groups, media, international and community organizations.

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Major Offerings

  • Political Science Transfer Pathway (AA)View Classes
    W/RW/Online - 60 cr

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Transfer Pathways

The Political Science Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Political Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelors degree programs in a related field.

The Political Science Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer University4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversityPolitical Science, BA
Metropolitan State UniversitySocial Science, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoPolitical Science, BS
Minnesota State University MoorheadPolitical Science, BA
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityPolitical Science, BA
St. Cloud State UniversityPolitical Science, BA
Winona State UniversityPolitical Science (minor required), BA

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; And Winona State University.

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with concepts fundamental to the study of political science
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic political processes and institutions
  3. Develop critical thinking skills to analyze current political issues
  4. Reflect on their own and others' values in the context of politics.

Political Science Transfer Pathway Job Placement: TBD

View placement information for all majors

Important Documents
Political Science Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Students generally go on to earn complete a bachelor's degree or higher. A degree in political science can lead to employment in:

  • Politics
  • Government
  • Education
  • Law
  • Media
  • Interest groups and community organizations

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Broad liberal arts foundation with focus in Political Science
  • Guaranteed transfer to designated bachelor's programs
  • Small class sizes
  • Variety of course delivery methods: on campus in Red Wing and Winona, hybrid, 100% online


  • Tamra Graham began teaching at Minnesota State College Southeast in 2005. She teaches in the Social Science, Humanities, and Criminal Justice divisions. Prior to coming to MSC Southeast, she worked in the private and public sectors of the legal system. Tamra holds a Juris Doctorate Degree: Law from William Mitchell College of Law, a Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music from the University of Alaska - Anchorage, and is currently earning a Masters of Arts: Humanities from American Public University.
  • Additional instructors in the program come from the college's Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty.

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