If you are an aspiring community or political leader committed to democratic values, then take a look at the political science major at UND. With a BA in Political Science, you’ll explore the political system around the globe — learning about the relationship between citizen and state and what being a citizen really means.
As a political science major you will:
- Gain communication and analytic skills that promote critical and independent thinking.
- Be prepared to assume leadership positions in the public, non-profit and private sectors based on your appreciation of the role and responsibility of public service.
- Enter a discipline that is flexible, allowing you to choose your emphasis through a broad range of elective credits, e.g. pre-law, international relations, political activism and public policy.
- Join a cohort of students who are committed to civic involvement and democratic processes.
- Learn from accomplished faculty who have expertise in all sub-fields of political science.
You’ll have the opportunity to delve headfirst into developing your political prowess by studying:
- American Government
- Constitutional Law
- International Politics
- Political Theory
- Public Policy
Students pursuing a degree in political science are strongly encouraged to become involved in the field. Often student involvement takes the form of internships. Our majors regularly intern for the North Dakota and Minnesota congressional delegations, government agencies (federal, state and local), political campaigns, non-profits and law firms or judgeships. Political science students make up the core of the Model UN program and travel annually to conferences. Pi Sigma Alpha, UND’s political science honor society, regularly hosts lectures and community events.
With a degree in political science, your career options are endless. Popular career choices include:
- Association/ Nonprofit manager or staffer
- City planner/ urban policy planner
- Congressional office manager/ research service/ staffer
- Foreign service employee/ embassy staffer
- Human rights advocate
- Journalist/ Political correspondent
- Legal analyst or investigator
- Media specialist/ public relations
- Peace Corp worker/ international development specialist
- Political consultant
- Public policy analyst (e.g. education, environment, health or housing)
- Security agent or intelligence analyst (e.g. CIA or FBI)
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