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Political Science, B.A.

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Idaho Falls, ID, United States
The Political Science program at the Idaho State University reaches back to the recorded beginnings of human society, for individuals have always been curious about the nature of governments, the bases of authority and personality of leaders, the obligations of followers, and consequences of public policies. ­
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The Political Science program at the Idaho State University states that although interest persists in these matters, inquiry has broadened to include scientific observations about politics which utilize relatively new techniques of analysis that are common to many of the social sciences. The newer emphasis is upon systematic procedures of investigation, rigorous standards of proof, comparative analysis and interdisciplinary studies.

Both of these approaches—the traditional and the behavioral—are offered in the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. The curriculum provides background in the theory and practice of politics and techniques of methodological inquiry for the student with general interests. It offers training of a general and specific nature that is useful for persons planning to seek careers in education, the legal profession, state and local government, urban and regional planning, the federal bureaucracy and ­journalism, or in any of the proliferating quasi-public organizations which seek to monitor the political processes or to influence the content of public policy.


Outcome objectives are related to both student and program development. Student-related outcome objectives are listed below:

  • To gain a well-rounded knowledge of the basic fields of the discipline.
  • To develop an understanding of how political scientists think, gather evidence, process data, and reach tentative conclusions.
  • To think critically about political phenomena and thought.
  • To develop effective oral and written communication skills.
  • To engage in problem solving.
  • To be exposed to a rich variety of perspectives and ideas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to United States Government
  • Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Public Administration in the Islamic World
  • Politics and the Administration of Justice
  • Idaho Politics and Culture
  • State and Local Government

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

You may need the following:

  • Transcript(s)
  • English proficiency score
  • Copy of Passport
  • Proof of Financial Support

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12084 USD/semester
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  • National

    12084 USD/semester
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  • In-State

    3936 USD/semester
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Living costs for Idaho Falls

  • 680 - 970 USD/month
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