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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Political Science offers two main undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Within the framework of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, students may pursue a major in political science or they may choose an emphasis in pre-law. There is no specified curriculum which pre-law students are expected to follow.

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. You can also contact the political science chair, Dr. Mark McBeth if you have any questions. Please visit the political science section inside the current undergraduate catalog for more specific information on teachers, classes, and program requirements.

Student Stories

Read the stories of political science students.

Undergraduate Program Objectives

  • To gain a well-rounded knowledge of the basic fields of the discipline.
  • To develop an understanding of how political scientists think, gather evidence, process data, and reach tentative conclusions.
  • To think critically about political phenomena and thought.
  • To develop effective oral and written communication skills.
  • To engage in problem solving, either as an individual researcher or executive or working in teamwork with others.
  • To be exposed to a rich variety of perspectives and ideas.
  • To prepare for a career or profession after graduation that is related to the political science major, which includes graduate school.

BA/BS in POLS: Program Requirements

Minor in Political Science: Program Requirements

Pre-Law Students

Students interested in pursuing the pre-law track and/or attending law school should meet with Dr. Edward Kammerer. He can be reached at (208) 282-2799