Department of Political Science and International Relations

The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and a pluralistic and diverse curriculum. Students will not only graduate with a solid understanding of the theories, practices and institutions of politics, but also with an appreciation of how to create a more just and humane world.

We offer a range of courses that address every corner of the globe and that prepare students to be astute and keen political observers and actors. Through our courses, we provide opportunities for students to improve their critical thinking skills and the ability to read, write, and speak clearly, skills that are central to the liberal arts tradition and that are crucial for students to practice democratic citizenship.

To supplement these courses, we provide internship, community service learning and study abroad opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom.

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Political Science Political Science The Political Science major focuses attention on the shared and contending ideas, values, institutions and processes of public life. Courses range from the specific study of politics in one country or of a single institution or political process (the judiciary, Congress, the presidency or elections), to more general offerings such as courses on political development, revolution, research methods, human rights and legal theory.
International Relations International Relations The International Relations major is an interdisciplinary field of study designed for students who seek a holistic understanding of international affairs. The curriculum is rooted in political science and provides students with a strong background in international relations and comparative government.

Why Choose Political Science and International Relations at USD?

Immersive Experience

Multiple opportunities to get out in the field help students stand apart from their peers and in their future job search.

International Focus

Alternative and global perspectives on the U.S. and exposure to different cultures and points of view enhances the curriculum and ensures that students have an informed view of the world.

Close Relationships with Faculty

Faculty are continually cultivating opportunities for students, such as internships, jobs and study abroad opportunities. Faculty often become mentors, friends and colleagues who create an important network for professional development and job placements right out of college.

Access to Active Scholars and Research

Students learn from active scholars who provide up-to-date trends and expertise to their students.

A Wide Variety of Department Sponsored Events

Our department sponsors numerous events throughout the year. Some highlights include:

  • Politifest
  • USD Votes
  • Pearson Chambers Symposium
  • Pizza and Politics
  • MAIR Capstone Symposium
  • Senior Dinner
  • Colloquia

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