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Government & Public Service: General Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The most wide-ranging specialization provides the scope necessary either to tailor a course of study targeted to a specific career goal or to survey a broader array of topics within the fields of politics and government. Also provides the widest range of transfer credit.Vocations within government are an obvious possibility, and understanding how government works can be an important credential in domestic and international business firms, non-profit organizations, journalism or even pre-collegiate education. Could also lead to careers in political campaigns, elections, polling and data collection; diplomacy and foreign service, or international non-governmental organizations. Advanced study is also possible for those interested in pursuing MA or PhD degrees.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA Southwebsite for more information.

Website: http://uas.arizona.edu/government-and-public-service
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Pima
  • UA Sierra Vista

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 3
MATH 112 3
POL 201 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
GPSV 301 3
GPSV 311 3
Specialization Core Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Specialization Core Course 3
Specialization Core Course 3
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
8th Semester
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of oral, writing, and argumentative skills, executive and presidential politics, political culture and social change, local government and federal-state relations, and American congress, gained from a major in Government and Public Service, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in law enforcement, government and public services, and political activities and services. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in public administration, or business administration. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.          

Potential Career Areas

  • Editorial/Media
  • Communications and public relations
  • Lobbying
  • Research institutions
  • Data management and analysis
  • Community and social service
  • Consulting and advising

Sample Employers

  • Nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations
  • Political parties and organizations
  • Political service providers and lobbying firms
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Human service providers
  • Social advocacy organizations
  • U.S. Military
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • Law enforcement agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Community and Social Service Specialists $18,000 - $45,000
Political Columnist and Writer $20,710 - $57,750
Political Party Staffer $30,000 - $150,000
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Community Organizer $24,010 - $40,050
Government Reform Activist $30,000 - $55,000
Town/City Manager $50,000 - $170,000
Press Secretary $25,000 - $95,000
Policy Analyst $30,000 - $93,000
Media Relations and Public Relations Specialists $30,790 - $54,940
Grant Coordinator and Writer $48,814 - $64,950
Municipal Clerk $15,000 - $150,000
Election Official and Election Manager $29,000 - $100,000
Director of Public Safety $40,111 - $87,048
Federal and State Officials (legislators) $10,000 - $40,630
Police Officer and Sheriff $32,670 - $56,130