Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Arizona

Are you interested in learning more about how the governments of the world function? Would you like to be knowledgeable not only about current political affairs and events, but also about the history of both American and world politics? This type of information is vital to more than just political scientists. Journalists, attorneys, those working in various facets of government, businesspeople, and educators can all benefit from the skills and knowledge learned by students studying for a political science degree in Arizona.

Political science is a broad major that can be both challenging and enlightening. Coursework common to most Arizona school political science college and university programs includes topics such as political ideology, the judicial process, American government, Arizona government, conflict management, international law, gender and politics, environmental sustainability, globalism and politics in the Mexican-American community. Most schools in Arizona require political science majors to take at least 36 credit hours in political science courses. The other college courses you take must be comprised of electives and basic school/general education requirements (such as English and math).

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Political Science Careers in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Economic Security predicts that jobs in government and public administration in the state will increase by 19 percent from 2003 through 2013, adding 39,673 jobs. Jobs in the professional, technical and scientific industry are also expected to grow during this period by 21.9 percent, representing a growth of 22,687 jobs. Educational services positions, in which political science teachers are included, are projected to grow by 20.6 percent, or by 45,820 jobs.

Employment for political science graduates can be found all over Arizona, especially in the larger cities and metropolitan areas. Nonprofit groups like the American Cancer Society and Stand For Children, both located in Phoenix, often recruit political science graduates for positions ranging from director to vice president. Private industry such as Honeywell Aerospace in Tempe and the Kiewit Corporation in Phoenix employ political science graduates in economic and commodity managerial type positions as well as in human resources and public relations jobs. Government agencies that employ political science majors include the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management in Phoenix; the Army/Air National Guard in Marana; and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation in Yuma.

How to Become a Politician in Arizona

Recently, Arizona's Supreme Court ruled that attorneys are permitted to run for public office. Although technically attorneys are officers of the court and therefore part of Arizona's judicial branch, the court ruled that lawyers do not have judicial power and therefore may run for positions such as city council or mayor. A recent survey found that, although Asian Americans comprise only 2.6 percent of Arizona's population, they are running for elected public office in higher numbers in the state.

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission is working to make it easier for everyone, lawyers and Asian Americans included, to run for public office. Any candidate running for state office and state legislature is eligible for campaign funding by the Clean Elections Commission as long as they collect $5 in qualifying contributions from a certain number of voters (1650 for candidates running for Corporation Commissioner and 220 for candidates running for Legislature. They will then receive funding from the Clean Elections Commission in the amounts of $137,811 for Corporation Commissioner and $21,533 for Legislature for the General Election (primary election funding is also available). Candidates must stick to expenditure limits during their campaigns, and cannot exceed cash on hand in their amounts spent.

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