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Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
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.

Master’s in Political Science

Completing a Master of Arts degree in Political Science allows students to deepen their knowledge of American and international politics.

Bachelors in Political Science

In our Political Science program we offer four areas of emphasis within a bachelor of science degree and two minor degrees.

Political Science and Canadian Studies Minor

For students who wish to major in another field, the Department of Political Science offers a minor in political science. Additionally, The Canadian studies minor is designed to complement any university major. Learn More…


Boise State University’s School of Public Service will launch Fall 2015.


Open Positions

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.