General requirements, effective Fall semester 2012. To be added in the near future, in the meantime, consult the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, pages 240-243.
General requirements for the Legacy Group, prior to Fall 2012 semester, is below.
For planning purposes, the Department publishes a Projected Course Schedule. This document, the checklists found at the bottom of this page, and regular consultation with your advisor can help you graduate on time.
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 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. Individual faculty may offer sample syllabi on their own web pages. Please see the faculty roster for more information.
The undergraduate curriculum for a major in political science is divided into the following three parts:
1. REQUIRED COURSES (18 credits)
All students must take:
- POLS 101 American National Government
- POLS 102 State and Local Government
- POLS 141 Contemporary Political Ideologies
- POLS 231 International Relations
- POLS 298 Introduction to Political Inquiry
- POLS 398 Advanced Political Science Methods
2. AREA OF EMPHASIS COURSES (15 credits)
In addition to the required courses listed above, political science majors choose five courses from any one of the following areas of emphasis: American Government and Public Policy, International Relations, Public Law and Political Philosophy, or Secondary Education.
American Government and Public Policy
This area is offered to students who wish to concentrate their attention on the American political process and behavior. National, state, and local political institutions and their administration are studies, as well as public opinion and voting behavior.
The International Relations emphasis is designed for students wishing to concentrate on comparative and international politics. A variety of courses are offered on the foreign policies of the United States and major world powers, as well as on international law, international political economy, and political behavior in industrial democracies, post-communist systems, and developing nations.
Public Law and Political Philosophy
For students who wish to enter law school. Political science in considered one of the principle areas of preparation for aspiring law students, and special attention is given to political thought, past and present, and the development of political and legal institutions.
Political Science, Social Science, Secondary Education Emphasis
This emphasis is part of a cooperative, interdisciplinary program involving the departments of anthropology, economics, history, and sociology. Students choosing this emphasis must complete additional courses in education and teaching strategies as well as submit an application for admission to this emphasis.
3. ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credits)
To complete the political science major, students also select four upper division courses from any area of emphasis. Students may use up to six credits of political science internship to meet this requirement.
The department also offers a secondary education option for prospective public school teachers and a minor in political science for those students who wish to major in another field.