Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


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The bachelor's degree in Political Science provides students with opportunities to study the theory, principles, and practice of government and politics at the local, national, and international levels. The coursework engages students in diverse politicial science courses which allows exploration in areas of interest to the student. Faculty mentors provide academic support and guidance, preparing each student for a meaningful career path.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


Careers

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

A bachelor's degree in Political Science can prepare you for a range of diverse career paths or application to further education including graduate school or law school. You'll discover how our public lives are organized at the local, national, and international levels. Courses focus on the possibilities for and obstacles to democratic governance. The wide range of course offerings includes environmental politics, political development, and questions of diversity in the political realm.

Follow your interests with internships that provide "education by experience." Political science students have interned with legislators in the U.S. Congress and Arizona Legislature; federal agencies including the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and FBI; foreign and international bodies such as the United Nations and the German Parliament; and interest groups that include the Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust, and Friends of Flagstaff 's Future.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Speech writing

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • University faculty
  • Lobbyist/Organizer

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

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
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Political Science degrees provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the United States and the world. This degree provides a broad perspective on experiences, international and domestic, from both theory and practice.

These degrees build a strong foundation in the basic knowledge of the political world, including contemporary political thought and public policies, and enables students to be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from Political Theory, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International relations.

Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students can define, design, and implement effective research projects in political science.  In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective demonstrations of their work in writing and in public presentations.  Students will also leave this program ready to understand, and be able to meet, the expectations of professionalism and citizenship.  Students in the BA degree will also leave with an ability speak, read, and write in a second language.

Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who cannot only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Bachelor of Science


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