NSU Catalog 2017-2018 
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NSU Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

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Tech Center, Room 358
(605) 626-2601

Dr. Kenneth Blanchard; Dr. Erin Fouberg; Dr. Jon Schaff

Political Science is the scientific study of government and politics. It is concerned with the ways in which the powers of government are acquired and exercised, both within and between nations. All governments regulate the behavior of their citizens and subjects, employ violence and the threat of violence to enforce these regulations, and take pains to preserve their legitimacy. But governments differ radically in how power is acquired and distributed, the purposes for which that power is used, and the constraints on the use of that power. Political science seeks to understand all these aspects of government. At Northern State University, we place special emphasis upon the following areas: 1) American Government, its characteristic institutions, principles, and political behaviors; 2) political philosophy, reasoning about the nature and purposes of government; and 3) International Relations, the study of how nations interact with one another. The political science major is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, government service, law, and business.

In addition to regular course offerings in these areas, academic credit is available for practical government experience in national, state, and local government. Although not required, political science internships offer students valuable opportunities for academic advancement and preparation for the future. Students may earn one to twelve credits, and can choose an internship according to his or her interests. Especially attractive is the Legislative Internship in Pierre every spring, which includes full semester credit and a generous stipend.

Career Directions

Teaching civics, government, and political science at all levels
Public service professions
International business
Government service
Public relations


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