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Undergraduate

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and minor in political science. Students interested in an undergraduate political science baccalaureate degree typically pursue careers in politics, public service, law, diplomacy and education. Both B.A. and B.S. curriculums offer a comprehensive understanding of the discipline of political science, with courses in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, law, public policy and public administration. Students pursue the B.A. if they combine the study of politics with language. Students interested in the B.S. are required to take additional courses in research methods.

Students in other disciplines may also choose to minor in political science. The minor requires 18 hours of study.

See a detailed description of Political Science courses.

B.S. in Political Science

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the general L&S requirements for the B.S. degree, and:

  • PolS 101 Intro to Political Science and American Government (3 credits)
  • Stat 251 Principles of Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory courses in other social sciences (6 credits)
  • Additional political sc courses numbered 150 or above (minimum of 23 credits reqd in upper-div courses; total to incl PolS 435, at least 3 credits in PolS 425 or 426, and at least two courses in American politics and two in foreign politics area) (29 credits)
  • Research methods in the behavioral sc, stat, data processing, or computer programming (may be counted as related field credits if upper-division) (6 credits)
  • Upper-division related field courses (20 credits)

Note: A maximum of 6 credits of political science internship and/or directed study courses may be counted toward meeting the political science credit requirements. The choice of specific electives must be approved by the department.

B.A. in Political Science

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the general L&S requirements for the B.A. degree, and:

  • PolS 101 Introduction to Political Science and American Government (3 credits)
  • Stat 251 Principles of Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory courses in other social sciences (6 credits)
  • Additional political science courses numbered 150 or above (minimum of 23 credits reqd in upper-div courses; total to incl PolS 435, at least 3 credits in PolS 425 or 426, and at least two courses in American politics area and two in foreign politics area) (29 credits)
  • Upper-division related field courses (20 credits)

Note: A maximum of 6 credits of political science internship and/or directed study courses may be counted toward meeting the political science credit requirements. The choice of specific electives must be approved by the department.


If you would like more information about our undergraduate programs contact:

Brian A. Ellison, Director
Department of Political Science
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844

Email: bellison@uidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 885-6328

Political Science

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Political Science Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Phone: (208) 885-6328

Fax: (208) 885-5102

Email: polsci@uidaho.edu

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