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Greg Raymond was interviewed for an article on the policy implications of the recent ministerial changes in the Serbian government

GregRaymond150x175 Greg Raymond, Boise State University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, was interviewed by the Belgrade daily newspaper Danas for an article on the policy implications of the recent ministerial changes in the Serbian government. He also was asked to evaluate U.S.-Serbian bilateral relations and the degree of progress that Serbia has made toward gaining membership in the European Union.

Cited: Greg Raymond (6) Update, Your source for campus news, Published 1:29 pm, August 26, 2013

John Freemuth in an Idaho Statesman article

Freemuth225x300Political science professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about Idaho’s federal land debate of 1905 as it relates to current efforts. Freemuth said he hopes the current federal lands task force includes a look at collaborations going on around the state. Read “Idaho’s federal land debate as it was in 1905” here.

Original Source Cited: John Freemuth (41) Boise State Update, Published 9:18 a.m. August 9, 2013

John Freemuth will be featured on Elemental Idaho

Image of John Freemuth John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, will be featured on Elemental Idaho at noon Monday, Aug. 5, on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM. He will discuss the possible designation of the Boulder-White Clouds area as a national monument. Listen to past episodes of Elemental Idaho here.

CITED: John Freemuth (40) Boise State UPDATE, Published 9:49 a.m. August 5, 2013 | and’tal Idaho

Justin Vaughn’s book was referenced in a U.S. News & World Report

Vaughn_JustinA book written by Justin Vaughn, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, and Lilly J. Goren of Carroll University, was referenced in a U.S. News & World Report piece about women to watch for the 2016 presidential election. The book is titled “Women & the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.” Read the article here. Click on the “as my colleagues have grippingly shown” link.

CITED: Justin Vaughn (10), Boise State Update, 8/1/13 | and US NEWS Opinion

John Freemuth: quoted in the Boise Weekly

“John Freemuth | Boise Weekly

So two things. One, I’ve paid some attention to this ever since the days of being on Larry Craig’s Sawtooth Advisory Board. Park Service management was never …”
Cited: Boise Weekly | 7/25/13

Brian Wampler posted an article at The Blue Review

Brian Wampler, professor of political science, posted an article at The Blue Review relating his research into participatory democracy in Brazil to the recent protest mobilizations across that country. Wampler asks critical questions about class and the political structure in Brazil to get to the root causes of the marches. Read “Protests in Brazil” in The Blue Review, Boise State’s journal of “popular scholarship in the public interest.”

Original source: “Brian Wampler” (7) Update, Your source for campus news, 7/14/2013

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio story

Gary Moncrief, professor of political science, was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio story about the death of political scientist Alan Rosenthal. Rosenthal was noted for redefining how state governments work. Read “Remembering A Scholar Who Reshaped States” here.

Original source: Boise State “Gary Moncrief” (31) Update, Your source for campus news 7/15/2013

John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story

Political scientist John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about the proposal to turn the Boulder-White Cloud mountains into a national monument. Read the story here.

Original source: “John Freemuth” (39) Boise State Update Your source for campus news, 7/15/2016

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a Washington Post story

Gary Moncrief, professor of political science, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the recent Texas filibuster. Moncrief was one of several experts who offered comment on the process. Read the story here.

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About the Political Science Program

In Fall 2011, the Political Science Graduation requirements for the political science major changed. The changes do not apply to the political science minor and political science-social science-secondary education option.

In our Political Science program we offer four areas of emphasis within a bachelor of science degree and two minor degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Poli Sci

Majors in Political Science are prepared for further study at the graduate level or for a variety of careers. Many of our students become teachers or lawyers. Others work for a large corporation as public affairs officers or for federal, state, or local governments in numerous capacities. Some become reporters, lobbyists, or campaign managers; some have been elected to public office.

Areas of emphasis

American Government and Public Policy
This area is offered to students who wish to concentrate their attention on the American political process and behavior. National, state, and local political institutions and their administration are studies, as well as public opinion and voting behavior. Sample occupations.

International Relations and Comparative Politics
The International Relations emphasis is designed for students wishing to concentrate on comparative and international politics. A variety of courses are offered on the foreign policies of the United States and major world powers, as well as on international law, international political economy, and political behavior in industrial democracies, post-communist systems, and developing nations. Click here for sample occupations.

Public Law and Political Philosophy
For students who wish to enter law school. Political science in considered one of the principle areas of preparation for aspiring law students, and special attention is given to political thought, past and present, and the development of political and legal institutions. Sample occupations.

Political Science, Social Science, Secondary Education Emphasis
This emphasis is part of a cooperative, interdisciplinary program involving the departments of anthropology, economics, history, and sociology. Students choosing this emphasis must complete additional courses in education and teaching strategies as well as submit an application for admission to this emphasis. Please see the current Current Undergraduate Catalog for more information. Click here for sample occupations.

Minor Programs

Minor in Political Science
For students who wish to major in another field, the Department of Political Science offers a minor in political science. Students must complete 21 credits in political science in addition to the requirements for their major. Students are required to take 9 lower-division credits and 12 upper-division credits from the following Course Offerings.

Minor in Canadian Studies
The Canadian studies minor is designed to complement any university major. The program is interdisciplinary in its approach and at the same time permits students to pursue their interest areas in Canadian studies. Students in business, health, education, and the liberal arts are encouraged to pursue the program. Upon successful completion of the 18 credit hours, students receive a certificate of completion from the Canadian government.



The Political Science Dept. transitioned into its new course requirements for the Political Science catalog in Fall 2012. Many students will be considered legacy students.

Legacy students are the Political Science majors and minors, declared as of Spring 2012, who will be able to complete all lower division requirements that were in place before this upcoming transition (i.e., POLS 101, 102, 141, and 231). The Course PREREQ’s list linked here, reflect the current course numbers in the 2011-2012 catalog, the new course numbers in the 2012-2013 catalog, and the PREREQ’s that the legacy students must complete to take the courses in the 2012-2013 catalog.

If you have any questions, please contact your POLS advisor. We understand that there will be special circumstances due to studying abroad and other things, and we will work with all students to achieve a timely graduation.