Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Political Science



Both degree programs require a minimum of 120 completed credit hours.  The Bachelor of Arts requires a two-year proficiency in a modern language other than English.  The Bachelor of Science requires more math and science courses.

This degree is designed to provide you with:

  • Political Theory
  • Political Principles
  • Government Practices
  • Electives


You must complete 120 units of coursework as outlined below:

  • 35 units of liberal studies requirements - 12 core + 27 electives
  • 39 units of major requirements
  • 18-24 units of minor requirements
  • BA only: 16 units of language requirements

You must complete Northern Arizona University's diversity requirement by taking two 3-unit courses:

  • One in ethnic diversity
  • One in global awareness

Northern Arizona University requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree be upper-division (300 and above) courses.

Also note that you may elect to complete a merged or dual major instead of a minor. See your adviser for more information. 

BA only: You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language.

Career possibilities

  • Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Civil Servant
  • Speech Writer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Nonprofit Adminstrator
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