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Political Science: Foreign Affairs Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Political science is the study of government, public policy, and the political behavior of individuals and groups. Political science uses humanistic and scientific perspectives to examine relationships among societies and nations in all countries and regions of the world. The major introduces students to concepts in politics, policy issues, and the structure of governments. Students interested in law, civil service, or foreign service should consult a department advisor regarding an appropriate course of study. The Foreign Affairs concentration combines courses from international relations and comparative politics and is meant for those students interested in international careers in fields such as diplomacy, development, and security.  This concentration requires 6th semester proficiency in a foreign language, participation in a professional seminar and it requires some foreign experience.  Examples of foreign experience are domestic internships that are international in scope or study abroad in a foreign country.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: sgpp.arizona.edu
Math Required:

Moderate

    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Moderate
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: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

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 First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis or 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
POL 200 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
Tier I General Education 3
POL Intro 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
POL 204 Comparative Politics 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
Fifth Semester Second Language 4
POL 202 International Relations 3
Tier II General Education 3
SGPP 300B Politics, Policy, and Governance: The U.S. and the World (Part B) 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
POL 396A 1
6th Semester
Sixth Semester Second Language 4
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
International Experience (internship or abroad) 3
7th Semester
SGPP 300A 3
Foreign Affairs Concen 3
Foreign Affairs Concen 3
Foreign Affairs Concen 3
Minor Course 3
8th Semester
Foreign Affairs Concen 3
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Minor Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 1

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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