Political Entrepreneurship through Internships: Local to Global  

The concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in public policy in global and domestic environments whether they be in governance organizations, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit agencies, or private enterprises engaged in policymaking, implementation and critical assessment. The requirements include applied practice in these settings and an internship. A variety of internship opportunities exist for students with global national, state or local interests. Course work in the social sciences, humanities and business will prepare students to be participants in policy processes as an avenue of civic engagement.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Core Introductory Courses 3 Hours Required

POS 110 Government and Politics, SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only POL 110, 310, POS 110 or 310)

POS 150 Comparative Government,SB, G (3)

POS 160 Global Politics, SB, G (3) (Credit is allowed for only POL 160, POS 360 or POL 360)

POS 310 American National Government,SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only POL 110, 310, POS 110 or 310)

SGS 101 Thinking Globally: The Individual and Authority, SB (3)

SGS 301 Principles of Global Studies (3)

Part Two: Policy and Leadership
Select one of the following:

POS 325 Public Policy Development, SB (3)

POS 351 Democratization, SB, G (3)

POS 361 American Foreign Policy, SB, G (3)

POS 364 National Security, Intelligence, and Terrorism, SB (3)

POS 410 Governing American Cities,SB (3)

POS 426 Elements of Public Policy, SB (3)

POS 468 Comparative Asian Foreign Policies, SB, G (3)

POS 486 International Political Economy, SB, G (3)

SGS 320 Mechanisms of Governance (3)

SGS 321 International Institutions and Global Governance (3)

SGS 340 Violence, Conflict, and Human Rights (3)

SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization (3)

Part Three: Internship
Students may use three or six credits of the following:

POS 484 Internship (1-12)

SGS 484 Internship (1-12)

Part Four: Related Elective
Select one or two of the following depending on the number of credits taken in part three:

BUA 380 Small Business Leadership (3)

BUA 383 Small Business Working Relationships (3)

COM 222 Argumentation, L (3)

COM 225 Public Speaking, L (3)

COM 230 Small Group Communication, SB (3)

COM 250 Introduction to Organizational Communication, SB (3)

COM 259 Communication in Business and the Professions (3)

COM 312 Communication, Conflict, and Negotiation (3)

ENG 301 Writing for the Professions, L (3)

FIN 380 Personal Finance (3)

JUS 320 Community and Social Justice, SB, C (3)

MGT 290 My Life Venture (3)

MGT 380 Management and Strategy for Non-majors (3)

NLM 160 Voluntary Action and Community Leadership, SB (3)

NLM 220 Introduction to Non-profit Organizations (3)

NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship (3)

PAF 200 Public Service and Policy in the 21st Century (3)

PAF 201 Economics and Public Policy, SB (3)

PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3)

PAF 311 Leadership and Change, SB (3)

PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3)

PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills, SB (3)

PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)

PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)

POS 494 [*M* INS* POL* DES*] (McCain Institute Poolicy Design) Special Topics

SGS 204 Professional Global Career Development (or equivalent career exploration course) (3)

SOS 111 Sustainable Cities, HU or SB, G (3)

SOS 321 Policy and Governance in Sustainable Systems (3)

URB 305 Urban Governance (3)

URB 405 Citzen Engagement and Community Building (3)

USL 210 Service Learning: Introduction to Diverse Community Issues, L, C (3)

USL 410 Service Learning: Diverse Community Issues, L, 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 transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • 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 transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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