This political science degree program, offered at ASU's West campus, goes beyond a basic understanding of the American political system, helping you develop the necessary research skills needed to analyze complex sociopolitical issues. With these skills, you will be prepared for graduate or law school and for immediate career opportunities in public administration.
Political science is the study of governmental practices, politics and theories. Coursework in the BA program in political science covers American institutions, international relations, political theory and world affairs.
The program helps students gain a basic understanding of the assumptions underlying political science and helps them develop the necessary research skills for analyzing complex sociopolitical issues. In addition to coursework, students learn through internships, service-learning and research opportunities.
Graduates of this program are prepared for work as analysts or aides in local, state or national legislative offices, among other roles. Many graduates go on to law school or graduate programs in political science, social science, urban planning or public administration.
At A Glance
Political Science, BA
- Offered by: New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
- Location: West, ASU@Lake Havasu
- First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
- Math Intensity: General
A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.
While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The political science curriculum provides a solid background for employment in a relevant profession and prepares students for graduate work in:
- political science
- professional schools
- social science disciplines
- urban planning
The program serves as a good precursor to staff, manager or policy analyst positions in local, state and federal government. This degree is recognized as qualification for many careers in business (for-profit and nonprofit) and industry.
Work may include binational, cross-border positions linking U.S. and Mexican businesses, Arizona-Sonora local government or local community groups on both sides of the border. Many students use the degree as a gateway to law school or as basis for further study in such applied fields as:
- community development
- public administration
- public policy
- urban affairs and urban and regional planning
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|City and Regional Planning Aides||4.3%||$46,000|
|Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs||6%||$44,400|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||5.6%||$133,840|
|Judicial Law Clerks||5.5%||$51,330|
|Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers||4%||$94,790|
|Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators||10.4%||$60,670|
|Urban and Regional Planners||12.8%||$71,490|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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