Pre-Approved Clusters

BA in Political Science Foreign Affairs Emphasis

BA in Political Science American Government Emphasis

BA in Political Science Public Policy Emphasis

BA in Political Science Public Administration Emphasis

Political Science

American Government Education

Public Administration

American Politics

International Politics


For all information dealing with the Political Science Majors, Minors and Pre-Approved Cluster click Degree Information. (Information is provided in PDF form, scroll down to research the appropriate section)

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 American and other foreign policies, international law and political economy. Different approaches to democracy and economic development are also considered.

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 are also considered.

Public Policy Emphasis

The Public Policy emphasis prepares students to create, evaluate, and implement public policy. This includes the study of the policy process, 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.

BYU-Idaho/Idaho State University M.A. Programs

In order to promote greater educational and career opportunities for students and to develop further collaboration between the two universities, ISU and BYU-Idaho agreed in 2012 to cooperate in promoting an expedited opportunity for BYUI undergraduate students to gain early admission to graduate programs at ISU. As a result, one could earn both degrees in as little as five years.

Select undergraduate students at BYU-Idaho may work towards graduate degrees from Idaho State University while completing their B.A. degree at BYU-Idaho. Students must follow all required guidelines and deadlines closely and should meet early with an advisor from Idaho State University. Not all classes will be available in every semester; students need to plan for this when working with their advisor to develop the program of study.

Follow the link below to the I.S.U. website for more information.
M.A. in Political Science with BYU-Idaho and Idaho State University

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