Online Bachelor of Science in Political Science
The Bachelor of Science in political science focuses on the relationship between citizens and their governments. As a student in this bachelor's in political science program, you’ll build an in-depth understanding of how political theory and policy connect to practical issues. During your studies, you’ll develop skills that are applicable in business, politics, government and nonprofit careers.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a bachelor's in political science?
A bachelor's in political science combines a program dedicated to building an understanding of government, policy and citizens with the traditional math and scientific emphasis of a Bachelor of Science degree.
The goal of this political science degree is to provide a deep review of national and global political trends, as well as develop valuable knowledge related to statistics, science and society. Disparate factors, ranging from public opinion to peer-reviewed scientific research and statistical analysis, influence the development and revision of policy. Building familiarity with these topics is vital in the world of politics and the related fields in which graduates work.
Which political science degree is right for me?
In addition to this political science degree, ASU Online offers a Bachelor of Arts in political science. While both political science programs offer a shared foundation in the concepts of policy, government and citizen needs, the Bachelor of Science prioritizes additional learning in statistics and science that directly applies to the development and analysis of policy. Whereas, the Bachelor of Arts includes a foreign language component, which can be especially valuable in international business and political pursuits.
Does my BS in political science say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Online political science degree courses
This political science degree offers a variety of courses and opportunities to study politics and public policy at the local, national and global levels. While completing your courses, you'll have the opportunity to complete an internship, allowing you to gain real-world experience. Featured courses include:
POS 210: Political Ideologies (SB)
POS 301: Empirical Political Inquiry (SB)
POS 401: Political Statistics (CS)
POS 110: American Government and Politics (SB)
POS 150: Comparative Government (SB & G)
POS 160: Global Politics (SB & G)
What can I do with a bachelor's in political science?
While political science includes a strong focus on the public sector, graduates with a degree in political science can also go on to pursue roles in nonprofits and businesses. Talents like effective communication and critical reasoning are valuable and apply to fields ranging from business analysis to journalism. Career examples include, but are not limited to:
Admission requirements for the political science degree
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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