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Political Science

The Political Science program at BHSU delves into the dynamic world of policy making, political relationships, and international relations. Different types of political organizations are explored through such classes as Governments of the World, International Political Economy and Modern Political Philosophy.

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 The 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 do your best

 
 

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

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

Civic Leadership - Choose 2 courses

  • POLS 210 State & Local Government
  • 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 - 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

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 1 WEL 100 Wellness for Life
  • 1 WEL 100L Wellness Laboratory
  • 3 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 12 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 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:

  • Business
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • News Media
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Individual Political Campaigns
  • State National Political Party Organizations

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:

U.S. Government

  • POLS 320 - Public Administration
  • POLS 400 - The President and the Congress
  • POLS 402 - Judicial Process
  • POLS 417 - American Indian Government & Politics
  • POLS 430 - Constitutional Law
  • POLS 476 - History of South Dakota
  • SOC 400 - Social Policy

Comparative & International Relations

  • HIST 313 - History of the Middle East
  • POLS 341 - Europe Democratic Government
  • POLS 349 - Politics of Nonwestern Nations
  • POLS 411 - International Political Economy
  • POLS 418 - History of Latin America
  • POLS 459 - Political Geography
  • POLS 469 - American Foreign Relations
     

Political Philosophy

  • POLS 461 - Early Political Philosophy
  • POLS 462 - Modern Political Philosophy
  • POLS 465 - Contemporary Political Thought
     

Political Science Teaching Minor

Minor in Political Science - Teaching - 27 hours

  • 3 POLS 100 American Government
  • 3 POLS 141 Governments of the World
  • 3 POLS 210 State & Local Government
  • 3 POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • 6 POLS 300/400 level Electives
  • 3 POLS 461 Early Political Philosophy
    OR
  • 3 POLS 462 Modern Political Philosophy
  • 3 SS 350 Intro to Research Methods
  • 3 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.