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.
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 large corporations 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.
data source: Idaho Secretary of State
The Political Science Dept. transitioned into its new course requirements for the Political Science catalog in Fall 2012. Many students will be considered legacy students.
Legacy students are the Political Science majors and minors, declared as of Spring 2012, who will be able to complete all lower division requirements that were in place before this upcoming transition (i.e., POLS 101, 102, 141, and 231). The Course PREREQ’s list linked below, reflect the current course numbers in the 2011-2012 catalog, the new course numbers in the 2012-2013 catalog, and the PREREQ’s that the legacy students must complete to take the courses in the 2012-2013 catalog.
If you have any questions, please contact your POLS advisor. We understand that there will be special circumstances due to studying abroad and other things, and we will work with all students to achieve a timely graduation.
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1935
Environmental Research Building
1295 University Drive
5th Floor, Room 5146A
Mail Stop 1935
Directions to the department
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed 12:00-1:00 PM