Political Science at BHSU

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science at BHSU

Political Science majors at BHSU master critical analysis, research, and writing skills. These skills are always in demand by employers, which allows the individual equipped with a degree in Political Science to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities in the private and public sector. A Political Science degree at BHSU offers:

  • A CHALLENGING academic environment that helps inspire students to excel.
  • INTERNSHIP opportunities with state and federal representatives.
  • SMALL CLASSES and direct contact with professors.
  • STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS for each interest and major including the political science club which sponsors debates and campus events.

FIND YOUR CAREER

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Business
» Education
» Government
     » Federal
     » Local
     » State
» Individual Political Campaigns
» Law
» Marketing
» News Media
» Nonprofits

CODY DROLC
class of 2015,

Currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Missouri, Drolc says, “The generous mentorship provided by the BHSU political science faculty is unmatched and helped me successfully navigate the daunting process of applying to a PhD program. Inside and outside the classroom, professors took the time to help develop my analytical skills, explore research topics of personal interest, and encourage independent inquiry. I am grateful for the foundation laid at BHSU for helping me pursue my passion for politics and succeed in graduate school.”

A few words from alumni

Keely Kleven, class of 2018

Currently attending Law School at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keely Kleven traveled the world through opportunities with BHSU.

Kleven says, “There are many reasons I am grateful for the BHSU Political Science program, but the most important is how well it prepared me to be successful in law school. The professors are willing to go above and beyond to see you succeed and to give you real world experience. Through BHSU, I was able to intern in Washington D.C. for a Congressman—an experience that is one of many. The program emphasizes critical thinking and clear, concise communication, both of which are pertinent to success in law school and in the work place.”


Justin Logue, class of 2019

During his time with BHSU, Justin Logue also traveled internationally and studied abroad in Lithuania.

Logue says, “As a political science student, I was able to work alongside three other political science students to develop and implement a restorative justice based diversion program for students on campus, now known as the Thompson Diversion Program. When developing this program, the professors of the political science program served as great resources. Dr. Carriveau, specifically, was imperative to the program being implemented. She was the constant voice of reason and justice in these discussions. This program was developed by students for students, but it would not have been possible without the help of faculty and staff.”

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 & Internation 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 - 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.

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.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.