Degrees

The study of Political Science gives students an understanding of the functions of political systems and how governments operate at local, state, national, and international levels. 

Majors

Political Science Major BA

A major in Political Science is perfect for students who love to be actively engaged in the political world. This degree involves the study of government policies, the function of governing institutions, and the interconnections of political parties. Political Science majors can choose to emphasize their studies in Foreign Affairs, American government, Public Policy, or Public Administration.

Foreign Affairs Emphasis

The Foreign Affairs emphasis is available to students who wish to concentrate on comparative and international politics. This includes the study of the interrelationship of nations, international law, and international political economy. Different approaches to democracy and economic development are also studied.

American Government Emphasis

The American Government emphasis is available to students who wish to concentrate on the American political process. This includes the study of national politics including the three branches of government, state and local political institutions, public opinion, and voting behavior.

Public Policy and Administration Major BA

A degree in Public Policy and Administration prepares students to effectively influence democracy at the local, state, national, and international level. Students will have an understanding of policy making processes, bureaucracy, budgeting, ethical decision making, and communication to become leaders in their field.This major can lead to careers in civil services, education administration, executive positions, foreign service offices, etc.

Public Policy Emphasis

The Public Policy emphasis prepares students to create, evaluate, and implement public policy. This includes the study of policy processes, an understanding of how to enact transformative policies through research and analysis, and a working knowledge of the policy arena.

Public Administration Emphasis

The Public Administration emphasis prepares students to plan, evaluate, and implement public programs. This includes the study of public management techniques such as; budgeting, leadership, ethical decision making, policy evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, collaborative governance, effective organizational communications, etc.

Minors

Political Science Minor

This group of courses can be added to an integrated standard degree or as an element of an interdisciplinary studies degree. It's designed to encourage a flexible, yet focused learning in Political Science.

American Government Education Minor

This minor is designed to prepare students to teach American Government to grades K-12 and to encourage a flexible, yet focused learning. It can be added to an integrated standard degree or as an element of an interdisciplinary studies degree.

Public Administration Minor

This group of courses is designed to encourage focused learning in Public Administration, complementary to an integrated standard degree or as an element of an interdisciplinary studies degree.

ISU Accelerated Graduate Program

Idaho State University and BYU-Idaho offer an accelerated graduate program for Political Science students to promote greater educational and career opportunities. Through this program, students gain early admission to ISU graduate programs and can earn both their Bachelor and Master degrees in 5 years.

To be accepted into this dual degree program, students must closely follow all required guidelines and deadlines, and should meet early with an advisor from Idaho State University. Students should be aware that not all classes are available in every semester and need to plan for this when developing their program of study. For more information about this dual program, contact ISU's Graduate Political Science Department at baercaro@isu.edu or go to ISU's Department of Political Science.

Clusters

American Politics Cluster

This cluster of courses is focused to help students specialize in American Politics, yet still have a flexible education plan. It's designed to accompany an integrated standard degree or an interdisciplinary studies degree.

International Policy Cluster

This cluster of courses is focused to help students specialize in International Policy, yet still have a flexible education plan. It's designed to accompany an integrated standard degree or an interdisciplinary studies degree.

Pre-Law Cluster

This cluster of courses is designed to help students who are preparing to study Law. This cluster accompanies an integrated standard degree or an interdisciplinary studies degree.