Political Science, BS
Accelerated Program

New College’s Political Science, BS program provides a foundational understanding of American politics, and the inherent system that drives it, with an additional focus on developing quantitative research skills for statistical interpretation of sociopolitical issues.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BS 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 develop the necessary research skills for analyzing complex sociopolitical issues. In addition to coursework, students learn through internships, service-learning and research opportunities. The BS degree differs from the BA degree in that it requires an additional statistics course and a methods course.

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.

Program Offered

Political Science, BS

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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Application 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 governments. 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 governments or local community groups on both sides of the border. Many students use the degree as a gateway to law school or basis for further study in such applied fields as:

  • community development
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • urban affairs
  • 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
Management Analysts 13.6%$80,880
Business Teachers, Postsecondary8.8%$74,090
Chief Sustainability Officers -1.2%$173,320
City and Regional Planning Aides5.6%$39,460
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$90,870
Survey Researchers11.6%$49,760
Cargo and Freight Agents7%$41,380
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs1.6%$42,200
Green Marketers 4.7%$96,720
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
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Broadcast News Analysts-12.6%$61,450
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Operations Research Analysts 30.2%$76,660
Paralegals and Legal Assistants7.6%$48,350
Legal Support Workers, All Other-0.4%$53,740
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
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
Urban and Regional Planners 6.3%$66,940

* 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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