The Political Science degree offered at ASU’s West campus helps students develop the necessary research skills needed to analyze complex sociopolitical issues. Preparing students for graduate or law school, and careers 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.
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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:
|Chief Sustainability Officers||-3.9%||$183,270|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||4.3%||$46,000|
|Postsecondary Teachers, All Other||9.4%||$64,480|
|Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other||13.2%||$41,570|
|Economics Teachers, Postsecondary||10.6%||$98,350|
|General and Operations Managers||9.1%||$100,410|
|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|
|Broadcast News Analysts||-0.4%||$62,910|
|Reporters and Correspondents||-10%||$39,370|
|Administrative Services Managers||10.1%||$94,020|
|Operations Research Analysts||27.4%||$81,390|
|Legal Support Workers, All Other||3.8%||$56,120|
|Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary||10.6%||$81,430|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers||10.4%||$111,280|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||8%||$105,610|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||10%||$64,480|
|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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