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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.
Political Science (BA)
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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:
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:
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:
|Insurance Policy Processing Clerks||6.2%||$36,740|
|Customer Service Representatives||9.8%||$31,200|
|Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary||9.4%||$73,720|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||8.8%||$74,090|
|Word Processors and Typists||-15.7%||$36,700|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||2%||$130,620|
|Cargo and Freight Agents||7%||$41,380|
|General and Operations Managers||7.1%||$97,270|
|First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers||4.7%||$71,600|
|Insurance Claims Clerks||6.2%||$36,740|
|Investment Fund Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||0.6%||$115,140|
|Judicial Law Clerks||-6.3%||$48,640|
|Law Teachers, Postsecondary||21.7%||$109,980|
|Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers||-3.6%||$87,980|
|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 Managers||8.2%||$83,790|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||7.6%||$48,350|
|Legal Support Workers, All Other||-0.4%||$53,740|
|Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary||9.7%||$73,790|
|Postmasters and Mail Superintendents||-26.2%||$65,800|
|Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products||-0.5%||$60,980|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||17%||$65,320|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$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|
|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).