In addition to providing basic courses for the political science major, the program's courses are designed to help all students gain knowledge and understanding of politics and political events on all levels of government. Political scientists study politics and institutions. Much of their work is research-oriented, conducting public opinion surveys, analyzing election results or other data, or comparing principal features of tax or welfare program proposals. The study of political science at BSC is an excellent background for those planning careers in law, foreign affairs, government service, politics, journalism and related fields.
Among personal characteristics political scientists should possess are strong analytical skills, the ability to think objectively and independently, and ability to communicate well in speaking and writing.
Students may complete the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree in political science by following the suggested curriculum. Those who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree.
BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor's degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course substitutions, if needed.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Opportunities include: administrative positions in government, political organizations, research institutes, labor unions, or business firms, and teaching in colleges and universities.