Political Science Undergraduate

Great Fit

We will prepare you for a career or graduate work, while providing you with other opportunities.

With a degree in political science, the next brilliant presidential campaign might just be yours. A degree in political science prepares students for careers in politics and government, law, mass media and other public/administrative professions. Most importantly, it prepares students to be active, responsive citizens and leaders.


Political Science: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
A degree in political science prepares you for careers in politics and government, law, mass media and other public or administrative professions. Most importantly, it prepares you to be an active, responsive citizen and leader.

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Political Science: B.A./B.S. with Secondary Education Certification
For a teaching major in political science, complete the political science degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • This active club organizes trips, brings speakers to campus, hosts an evening film series and sponsors other social and academic activities throughout the year.

  • If you are thinking about a criminal justice or political science major and would like to utilize vital analytical thinking skills while improving your public speaking and trial abilities, think about joining to the nationally known USD Mock Trial Team. 

  • A wide variety of internship experiences are available to students, who are especially encouraged to intern with the U.S. Congress and the SD State Legislature.

After Graduation

Potential Careers

  • Government (U.S. Senators, Congressional delegates, Congressional and Legislative staffers, White House fellow, assistant to the president)
  • University president
  • Professors of Political Science
  • Presidents of the American Political Science Association
  • Attorneys
  • CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 companies
  • Television anchors and reporters

Success Stories

Success Stories

USD offers everyone a way to stay busy through involvement. Teresa Johnson, 2013 Graduate