Political Science (BA)
Accelerated Program

The Political Science degree offered at ASU’s West campus goes beyond a basic understanding of the American political system, helping students develop the necessary research skills needed to analyze complex sociopolitical issues. These skills consistently prepare our students for graduate or law school, and immediate career opportunities in public administration.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA in political science in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

Political science is the study of governmental practices, politics and theories. Coursework in the political science program 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.

Degree Offered

Political Science (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of

Location
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Career Outlook

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

Example Careers

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:


Career*growth*median salary
Insurance Policy Processing Clerks6.2%$36,740
Customer Service Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary9.4%$73,720
Management Analysts 13.6%$80,880
Business Teachers, Postsecondary8.8%$74,090
Chief Executives-1.2%$173,320
Word Processors and Typists-15.7%$36,700
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Construction Managers 4.8%$85,630
Cost Estimators8.8%$60,050
Architectural and Engineering Managers 2%$130,620
Cargo and Freight Agents7%$41,380
Freight Forwarders 7%$41,380
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers4.7%$71,600
Insurance Claims Clerks6.2%$36,740
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates0.6%$115,140
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers-3.6%$87,980
Logistics Managers 2.2%$85,400
Industrial Production Managers -3.7%$92,470
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6.4%$55,020
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 6.2%$52,270
Office Clerks, General 3.1%$28,670
Administrative Services Managers8.2%$83,790
Paralegals and Legal Assistants7.6%$48,350
Legal Support Workers, All Other-0.4%$53,740
Patient Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Legislators-0.7%$20,180
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents-26.2%$65,800
Procurement Clerks-8.3%$39,930
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products-0.5%$60,980
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Sales Managers 5.1%$110,660
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 4.4%$37,860
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers-0.3%$43,080
Transportation Managers 2.2%$85,400
Urban and Regional Planners 6.3%$66,940
Storage and Distribution Managers 2.2%$85,400
Wind Energy Operations Managers 3.9%$105,060
Wind Energy Project Managers 3.9%$105,060

* 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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