Political Science, BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
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  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Interested in politics and public issues in the United States and abroad? See yourself heading to law school, working on political campaigns or serving as a diplomat? Springboard your education in preparation for a wide variety of careers, both inside and outside government.

Program Description

The BA program in political science uncovers politics and policy 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 to produce well-rounded learners with strong research and writing skills.

Students study how citizens interact with their governments and how governments at all levels formulate policies to serve, or not serve, their citizens. They explore innovative approaches to today's emerging political challenges, such as those seen in elections and lobbying, and the international issues of terrorism, diplomacy and empowerment.

In addition to reviewing 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.

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:

Political Psychology

Learn to understand how people think about politics, develop political attitudes, process political information and make decisions about political matters.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

International Affairs and Leadership

Learn practical, character-driven leadership skills and gain a strong foundation in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy in this program taught by experienced professionals.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

Global Security

Learn from a world-class faculty of global thought leaders, seasoned practitioners and scholars from security-related fields. You'll have firsthand experience paired with the academic rigor of challenging, interesting and relevant coursework.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

Global Security (Irregular Warfare)

Position yourself to excel with a degree designed for future leaders in this field. With access to the insights of globally-recognized thought leaders, combined with the flexibility of online delivery, this program is ideal for busy professionals whose career aspirations know no bounds.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

Political Science

Craft a program that meets your individual interests within subfields of the discipline. Enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio as you receive a rigorous introduction to graduate study in political science.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Public Policy

Learn to understand complex public problems and develop and implement innovative policy solutions. Through coursework and hands-on projects in this highly ranked program (No. 20 Public Policy Analysis by U.S. News & World Report, 2023), you can gain the analytic skills required for addressing society's most challenging problems.

Website | Locations: DTPHX

Global Security (Cybersecurity)

Learn from world-class faculty with expertise in a variety of security-related fields. You'll benefit from their firsthand experience as well as the academic rigor of challenging, interesting and relevant coursework.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

Public Administration

Turn your desire for public service into a rewarding career. This highly ranked MPA program (No. 5 Public Management and Leadership, No. 10 Public Affairs programs by U.S. News & World Report, 2023) prepares you to be a results-driven leader who serves the public good.

Website | Locations: DTPHX,HAINA,ONLNE

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 that enable them to be successful in political or governmental careers, law school, graduate study, business or the nonprofit sector. Many program graduates have found positions in:

  • the courts and judicial administration
  • 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

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:

  • 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:

Management Analysts

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 95290
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280

Judicial Law Clerks

  • Growth: 2.3%
  • Median Salary*: 57490

Marketing Managers

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 140040
  Bright Outlook

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 59200

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Public Relations Managers

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 129430
  Bright Outlook

Regulatory Affairs Managers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 128620

* 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

Students can experience firsthand the diverse political and social powers governing communities around the globe. With over 300 Global Education programs available, study abroad allows students to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skill sets. Students majoring in political science can enhance their learning by gaining a global perspective on political theory and world affairs in countries with communist regimes or monarchies, for example.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in political science.

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.

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