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.
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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 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
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:
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||18.1%||$80,300|
|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|
|Cargo and Freight Agents||10.4%||$41,820|
|General and Operations Managers||9.1%||$100,410|
|Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs||6%||$44,400|
|Investment Fund Managers||8%||$105,610|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||5.6%||$133,840|
|Judicial Law Clerks||5.5%||$51,330|
|Law Teachers, Postsecondary||12.3%||$104,910|
|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|
|Operations Research Analysts||27.4%||$81,390|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||14.6%||$50,410|
|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|
|First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers||3.8%||$38,550|
|Loss Prevention Managers||8%||$105,610|
|Supply Chain Managers||8%||$105,610|
|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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