Political Science, BS

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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 political science degree program offered at ASU's West campus goes beyond a basic understanding of the American political system, helping you develop the necessary research skills needed to analyze complex sociopolitical issues. With these skills, you will be prepared for graduate study or law school as well as immediate career opportunities in public administration.

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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 Bachelor of Science degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts 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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Political Science, BS

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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
City and Regional Planning Aides4.3%$46,000
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Judicial Law Clerks5.5%$51,330
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers4%$94,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Legislators7.1%$25,630
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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