Discover Political Science Education at BHSU

POLITICAL SCIENCE

The mission of the BHSU political science program is to cultivate knowledgeable and engaged citizens who have the communication and critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a highly competitive globalizing world. 

Students with a political science degree can find employment in a variety of areas, ranging from business to government, but a number go on to law school or do graduate work in political science.


A Political Science Degree at BHSU Offers:
  • Small classes and direct contact with instructors
  • An active political science student organization which sponsors debates and campus events
  • Internship opportunities with state and federal agencies, such as the South Dakota Legislature
  • A challenging academic environment that will inspire you to excel

 
 

Meet Dr. Pam Carriveau, associate professor of political science and sociology at BHSU. Dr. Carriveau is a leading example of how experiential learning is applied from the beginning of your college career at BHSU. Listen as she discusses her mock constitutional convention that happens in her American Government 100 courses. 

 

Political Science Major

Required Core - 27 semester hours

  • POLS 100 American Government (gen ed)
  • POLS 141 Governments of the World
  • POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 263 Intro to Political Theory
  • POLS 312 Public Opinion and Polling
  • POLS 376 Democracy and Democratization
  • POLS 401 United States Institutions
  • POLS 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship
  • SS 350 Introduction to Research Methods

Civic Leadership - Choose 2 courses

  • POLS 210 State and Local Government
  • POLS 319 Civic Engagement and Activism
  • POLS 320 Public Administration
  • POLS 417 American Indian Government and Politics
  • POLS 430 Constitutional Law
  • POLS 470 Contemporary Debates in Political Thought
  • POLS 494 Internship

Global Citizenship - Choose 2 courses

  • POLS 342 Revolution and Revolt
  • POLS 345 Model United Nations
  • POLS 411 International Political Economy
  • POLS 459 Political Geography
  • POLS 469 American Foreign Relations
  • POLS 471 Theories of the State

Gen Ed Requirements

  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 201 Composition II
  • MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Career Opportunities

Political Science majors are able to find careers in:

   Law

   Business & Marketing

  • Non-profit Organizations
  • News Media
  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Individual Political Campaigns
  • State & National Political Party Organizations
  • Academia

Political Science Minor

Minor in Political Science - 21 hours

  • POLS 100 - American Government
  • POLS 141 - Governments of the World
  • POLS 210 - State & Local Government
  • POLS 250 - Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 461 - Early Political Philosophy 

or

  • POLS 462 - Modern Political Philosophy 


6 Electives - take two courses from two different areas:

Civic Leadership

  • POLS 319 - Civic Engagement and Activism
  • POLS 320 - Public Administration
  • POLS 417 - American Indian Government & Politics
  • POLS 430 - Constitutional Law
  • POLS 470 - Contemporary Debates in Political Thought
  • POLS 494 - Internship


Global Citizenship

  • POLS 342 - Revolutions and Revolt
  • POLS 345 - Model United Nations
  • POLS 411 - International Political Economy
  • POLS 459 - Political Geography
  • POLS 469 - American Foreign Relations
  • POLS 471 - Theories of the State
        

Political Science Teaching Minor

Minor in Political Science - Teaching - 21 hours

  • POLS 300/400 Level Electives
  • POLS 100 American Government
  • POLS 141 Governments of the World
  • POLS 210 State & Local Government
  • POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 461 Early Political Philosophy 

or

  • POLS 462 Modern Political Philosophy 
  • SS 350 Intro to Research Methods
  • SEED 415 7-12 Social Science Methods*

*SEED 415 is required for Secondary Education. Those taking Elementary Education should replace this with an additional three hours of Political Science electives.