Political Science, BS


At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • 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 as a diplomat? Springboard your education in preparation for a wide variety of careers, both inside and outside of government.

Program Description

The BS program in political science is useful for students who are looking for careers that require analytical thinking and quantitative skills. The program offers a variety of courses and opportunities to study politics and public policy at the local, national and global levels and learn how to analyze political statistics.

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 local, national and global challenges, such as those seen in elections and lobbying, and the international issues of terrorism, diplomacy and empowerment.

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.




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

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

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


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 careers in public policy and other analytical positions in or related to government and politics. Many graduates of this degree program have found positions in:

  • foreign service organizations
  • legislative or judicial 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
  • survey research

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
  • data science
  • 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

Statistical Assistants


  • Growth: -1.7%
  • Median Salary*: 48880

Survey Researchers


  • Growth: -3.8%
  • Median Salary*: 60410

Social Science Research Assistants


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 50470
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Analysts


  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280

Marketing Managers


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

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists


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

Political Scientists


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

Legislators


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

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 more than 300 Global Education programs available, studying abroad allows students to tailor their experience to their specific 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 regimes like communism and monarchies.

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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