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Doctor of Arts (D.A.)

This program is intended for students interested in a career teaching political science in a variety of higher education settings ranging from community colleges to universities. Doctor of Arts recipients are prepared to teach a variety of political science courses including those in American politics and in two additional specialties selected from among the fields of public law, political theory, comparative and international politics, and public administration.

The D.A. program has many benefits. Learn more about the usefulness of the Doctor of Arts Degree and ISU's success in placing D.A. graduates.

Doctor of Arts students will have three interdisciplinary options to choose from. For all doctoral students, the major field of American politics is required and any two of the following fields: Public Law, Political Theory, Comparative/International Politics, and Public Administration.

  • Graduates will gain this knowledge of political science through an interdisciplinary approach that includes course work in one or two cognate social science disciplines.
  • Graduates will have extensive training in pedagogy, craft a distinct teaching philosophy, and demonstrate a variety of pedagogical techniques and skills.
  • Graduates will demonstrate their research skills by presenting their work at professional conferences and/or submitting their work for publication review.
  • Graduates will gain employment and establish their careers in higher education.

Please view the complete program description of the Doctor of Arts in Political Science at Idaho State University.

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, Stop 8073.

For information about the DA program, contact director Dr. Kellee J. Kirkpatrick.

Please visit the political science section of the Idaho State graduate catalog for more specific information on teachers, classes, and program requirements.

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DA Graduate Director:

Dr. Kellee J. Kirkpatrick
Graveley Hall, North Wing, 311
Postal Box 8301, Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2550
Fax: 208-282-4833
Email: kellee.kirkpatrick@isu.edu.