Bachelor - Political Science & Government

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government program gives you the opportunity to explore political theories, political behavior, policy development, and the structure of government. Discover more about the Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

In the Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government online program at Ashford University, you will be introduced to American history and government through an examination of the United States' Constitution, elections and voting, and the roles and relationship between Congress and the presidency. Study the structures and processes of the national, state, and local branches of the American government. Coursework also analyzes and compares key political institutions, ideologies, and levels of economic development of various governments and political systems from selected regions across the globe. Additional topics include political behavior, policymaking, public policy, environmental policy, international relations, and conflict resolution.

What are the Prerequisites?

You must be at least 22 years old. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements. Additional computer hardware and software requirements may apply to online students.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government program includes 120 credits. This includes 52 that are general education credits, 38 that are elective credits, and 36 that are major credits (six of the major credits may also fulfill general education requirements).

Political Science and Government Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Courses
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
POL 201 American National Government
POL 211 Introduction to Politics
POL 303 The American Constitution
POL 310 Environmental Policies
POL 319 State & Local Government
POL 325 Congress & the Presidency
POL 353 Comparative Politics
POL 355 International Relations
POL 411 Political Behavior
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences
PSY 326 Research Methods
POL 497 Political Science Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government is a versatile degree which can help you prepare for a wide range of career opportunities. As a graduate of the program, you may find employment opportunities in non-profit organizations, government agencies, lobby groups, political research or consulting firms, news organizations, and private businesses. Examples of positions you may wish to pursue include:

  • Non-profit director
  • Educator
  • International consultant
  • Political researcher
  • Public servant
  • Lawmaker

Advanced Degrees

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government degree program, you may wish to prepare for more challenging roles in politics, policymaking, or academics by pursuing a related master's degree. A master's program you may be interested in includes:

  • Master of Public Administration

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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