Online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in political science pairs the development of reasoning and critical thinking skills with a curriculum focused on policy, public issues and citizens’ interactions with government. You’ll learn about local, national and international political concerns as you earn our political science degree.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a political science degree?

A political science degree emphasizes broadly valuable skills, such as data analysis and effective communication, and how they apply to policy and political theory. Creation and review of policy, a process that sits at the core of political science, is another key area of focus. In this program, you’ll build talents including research, empirical analysis, reasoning and argumentation.

Will an online political science degree give me the same skills and experience as an in-person degree?

 

ASU’s online political science degree is equivalent to the on-campus degree, sharing the same high-quality instruction and curriculum, as well as access to networking opportunities with alumni. Online students can access key resources just as easily as their on-campus counterparts, including:

  • Career and professional development services.
  • Counseling services.
  • Dedicated academic advisors.
  • Study abroad opportunities.

What can you do with a political science degree?

 

Graduates may follow a variety of paths in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Ultimately, political science aims to find connections between theory and practical problems. Identifying these links is valuable in politics and in the operation of government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit groups. Additionally, the online political science degree can provide a foundation in research and writing skills that can be useful in law school and graduate study.

What are the differences between a BA and BS for a political science degree?

 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in political science both emphasize key concepts in this field, such as policy, government and the needs of citizens. However, they differ in a few important areas. The BS degree includes additional focus on statistics and science, along with their relationship to crafting and reviewing policy. The BA degree features a foreign language component that can prove especially valuable for roles involving international relations and global business pursuits.

Earn your master's degree along with your bachelor’s degree

You can earn credits toward certain master’s degrees as you complete your online political science degree with the accelerated 4+1 pathway. Applicable degree options include:

  • Master of Arts in global security.
  • Master of Arts in global security – cybersecurity.
  • Master of Arts in political psychology. 

After you’re accepted into this bachelor's program, discuss the 4+1 pathway with your academic advisor to see if you're eligible to apply.

Online political science degree courses

The political science degree curriculum includes a required foundation of courses, as well as the opportunity to focus on areas of individual interest through electives. Internships are another key component. As a student, you’ll learn to analyze policy, communicate effectively and engage in productive research. Featured courses include:


POS 210: Political Ideologies (SB)


POS 301: Empirical Political Inquiry (SB)


POS 160: Global Politics (SB & G)


POS 150: Comparative Government (SB & G)


POS 110: American Government and Politics (SB)


What jobs hire political science degree graduates?

Earning a political science degree can lead to many opportunities in a variety of industries. You may choose to work as a political analyst or draw on your knowledge and abilities by building a political career of your own. However, those are far from the only options. Career examples include:

Business Analyst


Growth: 10.7 %
Salary: $87,660

Intelligence Officer


Growth: 1.1 %
Salary: $86,940

Law Clerk


Growth: 3.4 %
Salary: $57,510

Marketing Manager


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $142,170

Mediator


Growth: 7.7 %
Salary: $66,130

News Reporter


Growth: -11.2 %
Salary: $49,300

Office Manager


Growth: %
Salary:

Paralegal


Growth: 10.5 %
Salary: $52,920

Political Analyst


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $125,350

Learn from award-winning faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from award-winning faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Online political science degree admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Join one of the best schools for diverse education

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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