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The School of Politics and Global Studies was formed in 2010 and combined the Political Science and Global Studies departments into its own, unique School. The School focuses on both foreign and domestic politics and issues and allows students to explore both fields through its majors, minors, and certificates. We invite you to look further into our programs and see exactly how much our School has to offer at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Information on our undergraduate programs in Political Science and Global Studies can be found in the Undergraduate section of our website or from the following links. For information on our Graduate programs, please click here.


Political Science

The fundamental mission for Political Science is to build knowledge that contributes to society’s understanding of politics and governance, to engage students in the generation of knowledge, and to develop research programs linking theory with real world problems and issues. Political Science is both locally and globally connected, focusing its teaching, research, and public service on the Valley, the Southwest, and across the globe.

Political Science faculty focus on five areas of teaching and scholarship:

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Political theory
  • Public policy

Faculty regularly produce research published in the leading political science outlets, they serve on the editorial boards of major journals, and they have held internationally and nationally competitive fellowships and grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Hoover Institution National Fellows Program, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Faculty are actively engaged in a number of ASU’s innovative and notable programs, such as the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, the Borderlands Initiative, and the Philosophy, Politics, and Law Program of the Barrett Honors College

Global Studies

The Global Studies program, established in 2005, employs diverse theoretical and disciplinary perspectives in the study of global processes, institutions, and problems across global, national, regional, and local scales.  We study the causes and consequences of problems that cross national boundaries, and the governance of these problems in social, cultural, and economic contexts.  We address real world problems and their solutions in the context of the New American University.  This mission is enabled by an internationally recognized faculty from a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and law with extensive global experience. 

An international experience/internship is required of all majors. Internships are designed to build skills, discover opportunities, and build a network of support that can lead to future employment and reinforces preparation for graduate and professional schools.

Global Studies Undergraduate Areas of Emphasis:

  • Cultural Perspectives and Place
  • Economic Development and Environment
  • Global Governance
  • Urban Systems, Sustainable Urban Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Human Rights