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Department of Political Science

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Majors in Political Science are prepared for further study at the graduate level or for a variety of careers. Many of our students become teachers or lawyers. Others work for a large corporation as public affairs officers or for federal, state, or local governments in numerous capacities. Some become reporters, lobbyists, or campaign managers; some have been elected to public office.

Political Science Emphasis Areas


American Government and Public Policy

International Relations and Comparative Politics

Public Law and Political Philosophy

Political and Social Science, Secondary Education
The Department of Political Science at Boise State University invites applications for two, full time, tenure track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR positions.

SS-0020-14 American Government and Politics, with a specific focus on political behavior. The department is particularly interested in hiring the best candidate that specializes in any (or some combination) of the following: campaigns and elections, voting behavior, public opinion, and political psychology. An ability to teach upper-division research methods course is also desired.

SS-0021-14 American Government and Politics, with a substantive interests in race and ethnic politics, public opinion, political psychology and/or women and politics.

Successful candidates will be expected to have an active research agenda and the ability to teach upper division undergraduate students. There will also be the opportunity to teach graduate students in the Public Policy and Administration PhD and/or MPA programs and in a Masters in Political Science program. The Department of Political Science is committed to promoting faculty research and is strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.

Political Science Minor

For students who wish to major in another field, the Department of Political Science offers a minor in political science. Students must complete 21 credits in political science in addition to the requirements for their major. Students are required to take 9 lower-division credits and 12 upper-division credits from the following Course Offerings.

Canadian Studies Minor

The Canadian studies minor is designed to complement any university major. The program is interdisciplinary in its approach and at the same time permits students to pursue their interest areas in Canadian studies. Students in business, health, education, and the liberal arts are encouraged to pursue the program. Upon successful completion of the 18 credit hours, students receive a certificate of completion from the Canadian government.

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Boise State University. Located in the state capital, the university is the largest institution in Idaho’s system of higher education.

As the governmental, business, and cultural center for a metropolitan area of over 600,000 people, Boise provides outstanding opportunities for students to enhance their educational experience.

In addition, Boise is famous for its abundant outdoor recreational activities, with Idaho’s mountains and wilderness areas just minutes from campus.

The department offers courses leading to a B.S. degree in political science, with a choice of specified areas of emphasis. The department also provides courses in support of the social science, secondary education option for teachers, as well as a minor in political science.

Political science majors at Boise State University have an opportunity to enjoy a unique and challenging educational experience. The university’s location in the capital city provides many resources not readily available at other schools, including such resources as the state law library, state archives, and state and federal government offices.

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