Department of Political Science and Philosophy
Political science and philosophy are both diverse fields of study that will prepare you for a wide variety of career options.
Our political science students learn the nuts and bolts of government while studying state and national issues. Our philosophy students study ethics and critical reasoning, and then apply them to current issues and topics. Here, you will gain the real-world knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career, or advance to graduate school.
Our department also advises our pre-law students.
To be active participants in our society, we must be aware of what is going on and how it affects our lives. Your ASU political science degree is your ticket to exciting career options in everything from politics, business and the media to teaching, research and the law. Your ASU philosophy degree will give you the critical- and analytical-thinking skills to form a firm foundation for success in almost any career.
Class of 2013, B.A. in Political Science
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Around the Department
Take a look at some other aspects of our department that make ASU an outstanding place to study political science and philosophy.
Choose from four student organizations, or join them all. Our groups include the Student Government Association, Young Democrats, College Republicans and Philosophy Club. We also have chapters of the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and the Pi Gamma Mu social science honor society.
Broaden your world view of the governments, justice systems, societies and cultures of other countries through a variety of summer study abroad programs.
Internships are available with local, state and U.S. government officials, as well as other professionals in a wide variety of career fields. You can also visit the state legislature, compete in state contests, and attend campus, regional and national seminars and conferences.