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Political Science


Learn basic principles of domestic and international politics, including political institutions, processes; political ideas, ideologies and trends; and policy issues and debates. 

Program/Major Codes: AOAALA/ALA1/ALAO

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Following a four-year degree, seek employment in government, politics or business.  

Academic Options: This program has been designed to match as closely as possible the first two years of a political science degree  at the University of Arizona. Students planning to transfer to another university should meet with an advisor to complete a transfer plan, since all courses listed may not be required for other schools.  After completing a bachelor's degree, pursue graduate degrees in law, international business communications, political science, public administration, and management.

Program Requirements 2019-2020

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* Select a course to fulfill I requirement.** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

English Composition 6
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Biological and Physical Sciences 8
  Recommend MAT 142
Subtotal 23

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
POS 100 Introduction to Politics 3
POS 201 American National Government and Politics [SUN# POS 1110] 3
POS 202 Introduction to International Relations [SUN# POS 1120] 3
POS 203 Introduction to Political Ideas 3
POS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics [SUN# POS 2204] 3
Subtotal 15

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

ECN 201 Microeconomic Principles [SUN# ECN2202] 3
ECN 202 Macroeconomic Principles [SUN# ECN2201] 3
STU 100
  or STU 106
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  Making Career Choices
  University Transfer Preparation
Second Language*** Completion of a language course numbered
202, fourth-semester level
Subtotal 23
Total 61

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Social and Behavioral Sciences - POS 201 and ECN 201 fulfill this requirement;  Other Requirements - POS 202 and 204 fulfill this requirement.

In the general education categories, POS 204 fulfills the C & G requirement.  The I requirement must be fulfilled by a course in one of the AGEC categories; POS 203, if taken Fall 2018 or later, will fulfill this requirement.

* See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.