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Political Science/Public Service Option

The political science major at North Dakota State University has a special public service option that provides students with the opportunity to concentrate their course work in nonteaching and nonlaw professional areas of study and enables them to prepare for private and public sector employment. The program provides students with a substantial background in the study of government, which comprises the fields of political behavior, political theory, international relations and the judiciary. Integrated within the curriculum of study is a nine-credit internship, which may be taken at various levels of government or with a major political party organization.

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Pre-Political Science Preparation

Students intent on pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science are enrolled as pre-professional students and must first meet grade point average and course work requirements in order to be admitted to the political science program. Once students satisfy all requirements, they complete and submit the political science application form, available on the department website. This form needs to be turned in to the department’s academic assistant. After verification that the student meets the requirements for acceptance, he or she is accepted into the professional program and can continue to pursue a degree in political science.

The Program

The public service option offers a program in government administration for those who aspire to future employment in government agencies.

Internship Program

Students have secured internships with the North Dakota State Legislature, North Dakota state governor, U.S. representatives, U.S. senators, local governments and businesses.

The Faculty

Thomas Ambrosio, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
            2000, University of Virginia
Nicholas Bauroth, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
            2003, Loyola University
Kjersten Nelson, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
            2009, University of Minnesota
Daniel Pemstein, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
            2010, University of Illinois at Urbabna-Champaign

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements

Credits

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First Year Experience

  UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Division Writing

3

Quantitative Reasoning

3

Science & Technology

10

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences

  POLS 110 - Introduction to Political Science or
   POLS 115 - American Government

3

  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

3

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

College/Department Requirements

Credits

______________________________________________________

Humanities Elective(s)

3 or 6

Social Science Elective

3

Fine Arts Elective(s)

3 or 6

Total

12

Major Requirements

Credits

______________________________________________________

POLS 220 - International Politics or
POLS 225 - Comparative Politics

3

POLS 240 - Political Ideologies

3

POLS 325 - Applied Research Methods

4

POLS 489 - Seminar

3

Total

13

Public Service Option

Credits

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POLS 215 - Problems and Policies in American Government

3

POLS 360 - Principles of Public Administration

3

POLS 420 - Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process

3

POLS 422 - State and Local Politics

3

POLS 430 - Constitutional Law-Civil Liberties or
POLS 431 - Constitutional Law-Criminal Justice

3

POLS 442 - Global Policy Issues

3

POLS 450 - Politics of Developing Countries or
POLS 451 - Politics of Industrialized Countries or
POLS 452 - Comparative Political Economy

3

POLS 496 - Internship

9

POLS. 499 - Special Topics: Public Policy

3

Supplemental Vocational Electives

15

Additional Electives

12

Total

57

CURRICULUM TOTAL

122

Note: In addition to the listed requirements, students must have a qualifying minor or meet the foreign language requirement.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Criminal Justice & Public Policy Bldg

Criminal Justice & Public Policy Bldg is located at CJPP 110 (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science
North Dakota State University
Criminal Justice and Public Policy Building 110
Department 2315, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-6174 / Fax: (701) 231-5877
Email: Kjersten.Nelson@ndsu.edu

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:13:06 AM