POLITICAL SCIENCE ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM – BACHELOR
POLITICAL SCIENCE ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM – BACHELOR
Who Is the Online Degree in Political Science Designed For?
The online political science degree is a great fit for students who want to develop a strong understanding of local, national and international politics they can apply to careers in media, politics, education and more. It’s also excellent preparation for graduate school opportunities. At UAF, you can also combine your bachelor’s in political science with minors such as marketing, communication, digital journalism and leadership, which are all offered online.
If you’re interested in an adventure in Alaska, we also offer the bachelor’s degree in political science on-site at our main campus in Fairbanks.
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Why Earn Your Online Degree in Political Science at UAF?
- Take part in internships, participate in Model United Nations simulations and join the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha.
- Learn the causes and consequences of entrenched power relationships, value systems and political behavior in a variety of political contexts and geographic regions.
- Gain specialized knowledge and training for careers in Alaska in one of the best online political science degrees for studying the government and politics of the North.
- Work in small classes that give you the opportunity to develop a political science community, comprised of your professors and student colleagues.
Online political science degree example projects
As a political science major at UAF, you’ll examine a variety of contemporary political issues using different analytical tools. For example, you might analyze the implications of Alaska’s transition to ranked-choice voting, or current global events in the field of international relations, using a wide range of sources and theoretical perspectives. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in and lead discussions and debates regarding these issues, through Zoom, course blogs or Blackboard discussion boards. Many of our classes are writing intensive, giving you the chance to engage in the research process through the writing of final research papers and other assignments.
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Find out why our online undergraduate degrees have been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. At UAF, you’ll pay in-state tuition for all of our online degree programs, regardless of where you live. You’ll also have the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty who are experts in their respective fields, at one of the top research universities in the United States. Courses for the online political science degree are offered asynchronously, so you can engage in more independent learning and plan your studies around work and family commitments.
Cost breakdown for the online political science degree
The estimated cost for the online bachelor’s in political science based on current rates is $38,242.
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Growing up in rural Alaska led me to ask many questions about equity, opportunity and the power dynamics that exist within populations and within governments. When I chose to study political science, I imagined myself working abroad or in Washington on foreign affairs. While in the political science department I designed an independent study program that allowed me to work in rural Kenya at a women’s organization. It was during this time that I realized that the personal is political and that the most meaningful change we can make in the world often happens in our own communities.
– Alida Trainor, Acting Northern Region Program Manager for Division of Subsistence at Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Political Science Jobs
As a political science major, you’ll develop strong research and analytical thinking skills you can apply to many different careers. You’ll learn how to make an argument and back it up with facts. You’ll also learn to communicate your ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Many of our political science graduates go on to work as managers and legislators with state and local governments. Others work in education, pursue careers in international politics or go on to law school. Because there are so many different types of jobs in political science-related fields, what you do with your bachelor’s degree is up to you.
Jobs for political science majors
What can you do with a political science degree? Examples of jobs with political science connections include:
- Policy analyst
- Marketing manager
- Legislative assistant
- Public relations specialist
- Community service manager
How much can you earn? Political science salary
Just like jobs for political science majors, salaries also vary significantly. Here’s a quick look at national average salaries for a few popular careers for political science majors:*
- Paralegal and legal assistant: $51,740
- Public relations specialist: $61,150
- High school teacher: $61,660
- Social and community service managers: $67,150
- Lawyer: $122,960
*Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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