Political Science at BHSU

black-hills.jpgDo you like discussing ideas about freedom, equality, security, justice, and power? Are you interested in current affairs? Do you follow U.S. and global developments? Do you want an exciting career that will open your eyes to the world around you? 

Political science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. As a discipline, we are dedicated to investigating the values, theories, institutions, practices, and relations that constitute public life. Our research pursuits and modes of inquiry encourage civic responsibility, public vigilance, and global awareness. 

Political science at BHSU is taught within four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We also offer courses in public administration, methodology, and American Indian politics. The department is especially strong in combining theory and research with engagement on real-time policy challenges. In other words, we emphasize the consequentiality of political science to contemporary issues and events.

Political science faculty members at BHSU also promote learning environments that welcome, explore, and critique a diverse array of political and intellectual viewpoints. We believe the study of politics will inherently foster disagreement and debate. Indeed, the dialectical exchange of competing ideas is what makes politics so illuminating.  

Contact Info

Dr. Pamela Carriveau

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9562
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9562

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