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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Political Science offers three main undergraduate degrees:

  • Associate of Science
  • 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 2015-2016 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