BA Political Science


Interested in politics and public issues in the United States and abroad? Do you see yourself heading to law school or working in political campaigns or as a diplomat? This degree is an excellent springboard for a wide variety of careers, both inside and outside of government.

Program Description

The BA program in political science offers a variety of courses and opportunities to study politics and policies at the local, national and global levels. The program aims to provide students with the tools and skills they need to link theory with real-world problems and issues.

Study how citizens interact with their governments and how governments at all levels formulate policies to serve or not serve their citizens. From U.S. elections and lobbying to international issues of terrorism, diplomacy and empowerment, students can learn about politics and explore innovative approaches to today's emerging challenges.

With coursework in several areas of political science and broad exposure to ASU's liberal arts offerings, the Bachelor of Arts degree in political science produces well-rounded learners with strong research and writing skills.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Graduates have skills useful for success in political or governmental careers, law school, graduate study, business or the nonprofit sector. Many program graduates have found positions in the following:

  • foreign service organizations
  • legislative staff organizations
  • lobbying and advocacy groups
  • local and national media organizations
  • local, national and global nonprofit organizations
  • multinational corporations
  • national, state, and local government agencies
  • political consulting
  • research institutions
  • the courts and judicial administration

In addition, some graduates have gone on to other top tier graduate and professional schools. These students have found a range of employment opportunities in the fields of:

  • communication
  • education
  • foreign service
  • journalism
  • law
  • political science
  • public service

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:

Business Analyst


  • Growth: 10.7%
  • Median Salary*: $87,660
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Officer


  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $86,940

Law Clerk


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: $57,510

Marketing Manager


  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $142,170
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Mediator


  • Growth: 7.7%
  • Median Salary*: $66,130
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

News Reporter


  • Growth: -11.2%
  • Median Salary*: $49,300

Office Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Paralegal


  • Growth: 10.5%
  • Median Salary*: $52,920
  Bright Outlook

Political Analyst


  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $125,350
  Bright Outlook

Politician


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Manager (PR Manager)


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Regulatory Affairs Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Program Contact Information

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