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Political Science: Law & Public Policy 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 Law and Public Policy specialization is a systematic study of the law, judicial processes and how they intersect in the formation, implementation and adjudication of public policy.  Students in this concentration will take courses such as:  POL 210 US and AZ constitution; POL 309 The Judicial Process; POL 469 Law And Social Change; POL 470 Constitutional Law: Federalism;  POL 471 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties; POL 476 Women and the Law; POL 456 International Law; PA 344 Law and Public Policy; PA 416 Health, Ethics, and Public Policy;  PA 446 Crime and Public Policy; and PA 481 Environmental Policy.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    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).
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 Intro 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
SGPP 300B Politics, Policy, and Governance: The U.S. and the World (Part B) 3
POL 201 American National Government 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
SGPP 300A Politics, Policy and Governance: The U.S. and the World 3
Law Concentration Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 3
7th Semester
Law Concentration Course 3
Law Concentration Course 3
Minor Course 3
Law Concentration Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 3
8th Semester
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Minor Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 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

  • 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 government, public policy, political behavior, and the systematic study of legal and judicial processes gained from a major in Political Science in the Law and Public Policy concentration provides a strong foundation for careers and future studies.  Graduates in Law and Public Policy may work in legal services, public administration or management, as advisers to lawmakers, or as public representatives and advocates. This concentration is excellent preparation for law school as well as for graduate studies in public administration or public health policy. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Legal services
  • Consulting
  • Analysis
  • Policy design
  • Advocacy/outreach
  • Public administration
  • City management
  • Legislative assistance

Sample Employers

  • Government offices and agencies
  • Politicians
  • Law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research institutes
  • Think tanks
  • Labor unions
  • Social services agencies
  • Environmental initiatives

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Local Political Aide $28,000 - $36,000
Policy Analyst $30,000 - $93,000
Political Scientist $48,000 - $69,500
Lawyer $54,100 - $112,800
Government Reform Activist $30,000 - $55,000
Public Administrator $49,000 - $66,000
City Manager $40,000 - $94,992
City Councilor $10,000 - $30,000
Congressional Aide $29,891 - $51,815
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Director of Government Relations $60,000 - $120,000
Labor Relations Specialist $30,000 - $60,000
Community Organizer $18,000 - $60,000
Environmental Campaign Staffer $20,000 - $50,000