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Academic Offerings

The Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs Division offers two innovative majors - Law and Policy, and Politics, Philosophy, & Economics - and a number of minors. The division offers small, discussion-based classes and hands-on experimental options for students interested in current events, public affairs, politics, ethics, human rights, economics, international studies, law and social philosophy.

PPPA faculty oversee new Street Law and Urban Debate initiatives, and the Washington State Legislative Internship program. For more information about our faculty, click here.

Transfer Student Information

All colleges offer courses that can be used to earn credits toward a major in Law and Policy or Politics, Philosophy & Economics. As a transfer student, you can arrive at UW Tacoma well on your way to completing your major requirements. If you would like to know how your coursework fits into our majors, please review the grid below for information on courses from seven local community colleges. If you don’t see your community college listed, or if you are transferring from a four year institution, one of our advisors can help you determine which courses might fulfill our major requirements. Learn about PPPA's advisors and send them an email here.

Expand the menus below to see how coursework from local community colleges fits into our majors.

Law and Policy

Green River Community College

GREEN RIVER COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

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Highline Community College

HIGHLINE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 180 or 190 Critical Issues in World Politics TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations

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Olympic College

OLYMPIC COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

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Pierce College

PIERCE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 150 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 115 Critical Thinking Practical Reasoning requirement - either TPHIL 250 or TPHIL 251

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Seattle Central Community College

SEATTLE CENTRAL COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Liberation Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

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South Puget Sound Community College

SOUTH PUGET SOUND COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations

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Tacoma Community College

TACOMA COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN LAW AND POLICY
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 215 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

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Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Green River Community College

GREEN RIVER COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 110 Social and Political Philosophy TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Highline Community College

HIGHLINE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 201 Intro to Political Theory TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 Introduction to International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Olympic College

OLYMPIC COURSE WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 101 Intro to Political Science or
POLS 201 Intro to Political Theory
TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Pierce College

PIERCE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Seattle Central Community College

SEATTLE CENTRAL COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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South Puget Sound Community College

SOUTH PUGET SOUND COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Tacoma Community College

TACOMA COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science TPOLS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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