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Political Science


Political Science is the study of government, public policies, political processes, and political behavior. Students are encouraged to reflect on the political demands that will inevitably fall on them as citizens and human beings.

Through their coursework, students gain theoretical and factual understanding of national and international government, politics, and political philosophy. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experiences and research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and political research methods.

Students study with award-winning faculty researchers and teachers. The USU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honors society for political science, has been recognized several times as one of the best chapters in the country. Political science majors are equipped with the knowledge necessary to participate responsibly in civic affairs and pursue careers in government. Alumni of the program include Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader.


Students receive a Bachelor of Science by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a Bachelor of Arts, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

While internships are not required, there are many internship opportunities available, which students can apply towards credit in their upper-division political science course requirements.

Political Science Major & Minor Requirements

Course requirements for Bachelor of Arts or Science

Admissions Requirements

Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions and from other USU majors must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Contact

Dan Mathews
Office: TSC 302
Phone: (435) 797-3883