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Government and Public Service
UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.
The Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Service prepares students for careers in federal, state, and local government, business, law enforcement, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, journalism and other professions, as well as graduate school and law school.
The program offers a well-balanced program that stresses theory and practice, and courses emphasize the areas of American government and institutions, intelligence and security, and law and justice. Coursework promotes important skills, such as how to research efficiently and effectively, analyze data accurately, think critically about implications, and draw conclusions that will lead to new knowledge as well as practical solutions for the modern world.
Because this is a transfer degree program, there are specific entrance requirements you must meet prior to admission to the program:
- Completion of 60 or more transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution
- Official or unofficial transcripts from all schools you have attended (UA South advisor will review these with you)
- A minimum 2.0 GPA in your transferrable coursework
- Completion of lower division major and minor requirements and any prerequisite classes
Please contact us if you have any questions and to receive a pre-transfer review of your previously taken coursework to ensure your eligibility and readiness for the program.
UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!
UA Degree Search provides an overview of the General; Government, Law and Justice; Intelligence and National Security; International Security emphasis areas of the BA in Government and Public Service degree, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.
Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees. AZ Transfer Pathways for the General; Government, Law and Justice; Intelligence and National Security; International Security emphasis areas allow students to complete an Associate’s degree at any Arizona community college and transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, and Pima Community College. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!
All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.
Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The General; Government, Law and Justice; Intelligence and National Security; International Security emphasis reports contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.
Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:
- GPSV 441: American Foreign Policy - An analysis of American foreign policy from the Cold War to the present; congressional-executive clashes over foreign policy control; and approaches to policy analysis.
- GPSV 444: Comparative Political Revolution - Examination of the causes and consequences of 20th-century revolutions and the revolutionary process, with emphasis on contemporary events.
- GPSV 462: American Constitutional Law – A theoretical study of the development of U.S. constitutional law defining the structure and distribution of governmental powers through an analysis of primary documents and landmark Supreme Court cases.