College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Politics and International Affairs

American Political Studies, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2015

This plan provides students with insights into how things get done (and have gotten done) by political stakeholders. Students who are interested law, government, economies, policy, racial- and gender- issues, and the environment will gain savviness in the dynamics that work together to create our political world.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in American Political Studies?

Do you often find yourself in deep conversation or thought about U.S. domestic issues and politics? Majoring in American Political Studies at Northern Arizona University will allow you to broaden your perspective and knowledge across academic programs by taking courses in Political Science as well as other disciplines.

You can choose an emphasis in administration, the American legal system, cultural diversity, economy and politics, environment, gender, or Native American politics. You'll graduate with a comprehensive understanding not just of political science, but with expertise on whatever subject you are passionate about-from anthropology to criminal justice. By learning the theory, principles, and practice of government and politics at all levels, you will emerge ready to pursue a career in business, government, the nonprofit sector, law, and more.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Teaching
  • Public relations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Business

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Lawyer
  • Public health director
  • Lobbyist
  • Consumer advocate

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 54 units of major requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a POS prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. You may, however, use courses from other disciplines within this interdisciplinary major.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Please be aware that for this major at least 36 of the 54 units in Major Requirements must be in upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).

    Finally be aware that we won't count a grade of "D" for major credit.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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