Online Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Offered through The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the online Bachelor of Science in Political Science is the study of how citizens interact with their governments and how governments at all levels formulate policies to serve their citizens.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

Details

This undergraduate degree focuses on a broad, rigorous curriculum that reflects contemporary geopolitics, economics and events. Courses will prepare you for increasingly sophisticated, interconnected and competitive marketplaces. During the progression of your degree program, you will find that the coursework combines theory with real-world problem solving, along with a classic, yet contemporary liberal arts education. Working with renowned faculty, you will learn analytical thinking and clear, persuasive communication.

ASU’s Bachelor of Science in Political Science offers a variety of courses and opportunities to study politics and policies at the local, national and global levels. As a BS student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you will also be required to complete two Science and Society courses, which include courses such as Introduction to Global Health, Technology and Society, and Women and Health. Graduates of this program often progress to careers in law, politics, education, journalism, communications and public service, and many have gone on to work for major government and corporate institutions and have attended prestigious graduate schools, including Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, and University of California-Los Angeles.

Featured courses


POS 210: Political Ideologies (SB)


POS 301: Empirical Political Inquiry (SB)


POS 401: Political Statistics (CS)


POS 160: Global Politics (SB & G)


POS 110: American Government and Politics (SB)


POS 150: Comparative Government (SB & G)


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Political Science have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Community Specialist


Growth: 13.2 %
Salary: $41,570

Data Analyst


Growth: 9.2 %
Salary: $47,400

Database Administrator (DBA)


Growth: 11.5 %
Salary: $87,020

Field Researcher


Growth: 2.5 %
Salary: $54,270

Human Behavior Researcher


Growth: 4.3 %
Salary: $46,000

Intelligence Officer


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Law Clerk


Growth: 5.5 %
Salary: $51,330

Mediator


Growth: 10.4 %
Salary: $60,670

Political Analyst


Growth: 2.8 %
Salary: $115,110

Prestigious 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.

Prestigious 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.

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).

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. 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 earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. 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.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

ASU’s 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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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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