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Political Science and Government, B.A.

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Declare independence with your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Ashford University. This degree demonstrates your understanding of political relationships and how our complex institutions work. Your bachelor of arts in political science provides a broad curriculum which covers a vast array of issues and problems that are crucial to the future of our nation and the world.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Ashford University provides a systematic study that focuses on political behavior, power and authority, and conflict resolution. Your political science courses include subjects like political behavior, power and authority, policy development, international relations, and conflict resolution, and conclude with a research-focused capstone course. Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government degree program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which power and authority are embedded in the structures and workings of the government and politics
  • Analyze political issues and develop methods to resolve them through effective and creative communication
  • Develop the ability to undertake in-depth analyses of political behavior as it applies to various political theories in democracy and representation
  • Assess critically the causes and implications of conflict, compromise, and cooperation at the local, national, transnational, and global levels
  • Evaluate public policy as it relates to political behavior, rights, and justice


Many professionals find that political science and government make excellent subjects for their undergraduate studies, in preparation for earning an advanced degree. Just a few of the many government careers that often begin with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government include:

  • Non-Profit Director
  • International Consultant
  • Political Researcher
  • Public Servant and Lawmaker

Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.


  • Accredited by IACBE.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • The academic calendar is continuous, rather than defined by semesters. Opportunities to enroll in an undergraduate program are available most every week. 
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Duration description
      • 5 Week Courses
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • American National Government
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • The American Constitution
  • Environmental Policies
  • Comparative Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.

  • Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission. Ashford University will also require that an applicant or student provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
  • Failure to provide documentation by Day 7 of Week 3 will result in the student being denied admission.

Technological Requirements


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Tuition Fee

  • International

    510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    510 USD/credit
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