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Political Science Program


Major Advisor

Perri Gardner

(208) 732-6867

Focused Area Advisor

Jacob McCue

(208) 732-6252

Program Overview

Political Science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree and meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution.

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in political science often pursue careers in the following fields: law, government, business, international and national organizations, diplomacy, and education.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Political Science program, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks of Political Science.
  2. Develop an understanding of self and the world by examining the dynamic interaction of individuals, groups, and societies as they shape and are shaped by history, culture, institutions, and ideas.
  3. Utilize discipline specific approaches from the field of Political Science, such as research methods, inquiry, or problem-solving, to examine the variety of perspectives about human experiences.
  4. Evaluate how reasoning, history, or culture informs and guides individual, civic, or global decisions.
  5. Understand and appreciate similarities and differences among and between individuals, cultures, or societies across space and time.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Political Scientists

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

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