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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (ARWU) Fairbanks, AK, United States
Why do we pay taxes? Where do laws come from, and why do they change? How do people vote? How can nations solve problems and conflicts short of war? This is the study of political science. We offer a bachelor degree in Political Science at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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Overview

When you major in political science at UAF, you’ll learn to apply political knowledge to concrete human problems. You’ll have opportunities to take part in real-world learning experiences including internships, Model United Nations simulations and more. You’ll also benefit from close interactions with caring, dedicated faculty who bring diverse research expertise to the classroom

Key Features

  • The strong understanding of local, national and international politics you develop through this program will be an asset to you throughout your career. When you complete your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be ready for a range of exciting careers in education, media, politics and more, as well as graduate school opportunities.
  • In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Department of Political Science at University of Alaska Fairbanks also offers minors in law and society, environmental politics and political science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • As the study of power, political science explains who gets what, when, where and how. It examines the struggles over the claims to authority put forth to shape the lives of citizens and the world. 
  • As the study of values, it examines why citizens obey or rebel, the nature of the just society and the ways individuals reconcile personal liberty with political authority. As the science of political behavior, it analyzes the actions of interest groups, political parties and public officials.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Option 1:

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Submit ACT or SAT test scores
Option 2:
  • Have a high school diploma, and
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and
  • Submit ACT test scores of at least 18 or SAT test scores of 970

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4485 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fairbanks

  • 1450 - 2000 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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