Political Science (BS)

The BS program in political science gives students the background and skills to gain employment in a relevant profession, to continue their studies in graduate programs in political science or in the social sciences, or to pursue a particular discipline at a professional school. The program helps students understand the assumptions underlying political science and develop the research skills to analyze complex socio-political issues. Those objectives are accomplished by offering a flexible program and by providing students with both individual and group experiences, working with faculty on concrete intellectual and policy issues.

Degree offered

Political Science (BS)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of


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Career outlook

The program serves as good preparation for staff, manager or policy analyst positions in local, state and federal government. This degree is recognized by employers as qualification for many careers in business (for-profit and nonprofit) and industry. Opportunities may include positions that involve binational, crossborder positions linking U.S. and Mexican businesses, Arizona-Sonora local government or local community groups on both sides of the border.

Many students use the degree as a gateway to law school or as a basis for further study in such applied fields as:

  • community development
  • political science
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • social science
  • urban affairs
  • urban and regional planning

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