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"Becoming a Political Science major at Idaho State University was the best thing I could have done for my undergraduate career."

Meghan Herrman, '13

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Explore Our Programs

We offer a comprehensive range of programs, including minors and majors leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees, as well as advanced degrees such as the Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Arts. Our diverse academic offerings provide students with the opportunity to explore various areas of political science, including political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and government studies. 


Explore Political Science Undergraduate Programs

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Meet Our Faculty

Our dedicated team of faculty members, who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields, ensures a comprehensive and cutting-edge education. Our faculty's passion for teaching and research inspires students to critically analyze issues and actively participate in shaping the political landscape.


Meet Our Faculty

Whitney Fenwich, ISU alumna, Kandi Turley Ames, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, And Mark McBeth, Proffessor and Chair of the Department of Political Science pose together smiling, in the recording studio. Recording equipment such as a computer screen and speakers are behind them.

Meet Our Alumni

Program Highlights

  • Synchronous online learning opportunities
  • Completely online synchronous option for MPA (Master of Public Administration)
  • Specialization in local, small government
  • Specialization in international and comparative politics
  • Specialization in US politics
  • Focus on public law and preparation for law school
  • Emphasis on public administration and policy
  • Engage in research opportunities with faculty
  • Internship opportunities in the community

Success and Recognition

  • Graduates regularly admitted to law schools and graduate programs
  • The only Doctor of Arts (DA) in political science (teaching doctorate) in the world
  • 60-year history of distinguished alumni and faculty who have shaped the political landscape of Idaho as public servants
  • Strong network of connections within the political science field
  • Alumni understand the programs and how their degree has benefited them
  • Opportunities to connect with alumni

Top Employers

  • City governments and state governments
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Federal government agencies
  • ISU (Idaho State University)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Community colleges

Want to know more about ISU's political science programs? Watch this video.

A glimpse into political science studies at ISU

An advisory committee has been created to assist students in developing a curriculum that reflects their individual needs. The program phone number is (208) 282-2211.

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Vibrant Student Community and Engaged Learning

With a student body of over 130 majors, minors, and graduate students, our department thrives on intellectual diversity and vibrant academic discourse. To further enhance the student experience, we support and foster various student organizations, including the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Law Club, and Political Science Club. These organizations provide valuable networking opportunities, extracurricular activities, and avenues for intellectual growth. Our faculty's passion for teaching and research inspires students to critically analyze critical issues and actively participate in shaping the political landscape.

Opportunities in Local, National, and International Careers

Located in the welcoming and vibrant city of Pocatello, Idaho, our department benefits from its historical significance as a railroad and transportation hub. Today, Pocatello offers a thriving community with a low cost of living and a high quality of life. The city's strategic location places it in close proximity to major urban centers such as Salt Lake City, West Yellowstone, and Boise, providing access to a wealth of cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities. Students can engage in internships, community involvement, and experiential learning, further enriching their education and preparing for successful careers in the field of political science.

We invite prospective students, current students, alumni, and friends of the department to reach out to us or visit us in person. Engage in stimulating political discussions, explore our diverse range of programs, and connect with our passionate faculty, alumni, and students. Together, let us foster a deeper understanding of politics and public affairs as we strive to make a positive impact in our local communities and beyond.