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Government & Public Service: Government, Law & Justice Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Focus on United States law, law enforcement and the justice system. American judicial process and constitutional law are emphasized in core courses, and students may also choose from a variety of electives emphasizing law enforcement, the administration of justice, international law, political and constitutional philosophy, national security and intelligence. This is one of the most targeted and least flexible specializations within the GPSV program, but if you are interested in becoming a lawyer of judge, this is the one for you.The obvious career target for this specialization is law school, but other paths are also possible. Careers in law enforcement, international trade and trade law, immigration, and victim or citizen advocacy can begin here. Undergraduate training in the law can also lead to specialized research and advanced studies toward an MA or PhD

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 313 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, judicial and justice systems, U.S. Constitution, federalism, and immigration policy, gained from a major in Government and Public Service with a concentration in Government, Law, and Justice, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in law enforcement, immigration service and enforcement, judicial and justice systems, correctional and public services, and public administration and safety. 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
  • Law enforcement
  • Research institutions
  • Consulting and advising
  • Public administration
  • National and public safety
  • Citizenship and immigration services

Sample Employers

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Immigration consulting firms
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International and national nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • Political parties and organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Human service providers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Federal and State Officials (legislators) $10,000 - $40,630
Political Columnist and Writer $20,710 - $57,750
Political Party Staffer $30,000 - $150,000
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Police Officer and Sheriff $32,670 - $56,130
Human Rights Advocate $18,000 - $85,000
Government Reform Activist $30,000 - $55,000
Probation Officer $26,000 - $66,000
Immigration and Customs Inspectors $39,700 - $71,800
Policy Analyst $30,000 - $93,000
Media Relations and Public Relations Specialists $30,790 - $54,940
Peace Worker, Nonprofit Organization $0 - $70,000
Municipal Clerk $15,000 - $150,000
Correctional Officer $22,000 - $54,000
Pretrial Services Officer $28,000 - $67,000
Customs and Border Protection Specialist $27,000 - $63,000