Civic Education

The civic education concentration is designed to contribute to the preparation of undergraduate students for careers in:

Primary and secondary education (where the teaching of government and civics may be involved).

Careers or voluntary participation in politics, public service, civic and social movements.

Further education in law, journalism, business, history, sociology, political science and other fields where an understanding of questions of citizenship, leadership, community, democracy, public responsibility and ethics is crucial.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students may not pair the Civic Education concentration with the Political Science OR International Studies concentrations.

Core 9 Hours

POS 210 Political Ideologies, SB (3)

POS 346 Problems of Democracy, HU (3)

POS 442 American Political Thought, HU (3)

Concentration Options 3 Hours Required
Choose one course from the following:

POS 340 History of Political Philosophy I, HU & H (3)

POS 341 History of Political Philosophy II, HU & H (3)

POS 443 Topics in Contemporary Political Theory, HU (3)

Concentration Options 6 Hours
Choose courses from the following:

POS 300 Contemporary Controversies in Global Politics, SB & G (3)

POS 313 The Congress, SB (3)

POS 314 The American Presidency, SB (3)

POS 315 The Supreme Court, SB (3)

POS 332 American Political Parties, SB (3)

POS 333 Interest Groups, SB (3)

POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3)

POS 417 The Arizona Political System (3) (Credit is allowed for only POS 211, 216 or 417)

POS 435 Women and Politics, SB & C (3)

POS 439 Minority Group Politics in America, SB & C (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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