The Department of Political Science is among the most nationally prominent programs in the country. We take pride in our high national ranking and our award-winning faculty. Our students frequently earn some of the nation's most prestigious scholarships for continued studies.
The Allene R. Chiesman Fund for Civic Education promotes civic education by creating a greater awareness of the meaning of democracy and democratic ideals, the role of law and the nature of citizenship in a democratic society and the relationship of economics and democracy.
The civic leadership program provides courses in political science, business administration, psychology and sociology. The program focuses on public leadership and teaches students the tools critical to helping individuals and communities identify, address and resolve public problems.
The criminal justice studies program highlights the main components of police, courts, corrections and juvenile justice. Our majors study the criminal justice processes of our local, state and federal governments.
The Farber Fund provides more than $170,000 each year for political science and criminal justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, travel abroad and conduct research.
The GRB conducts applied research on public policy and administrative issues affecting the State of South Dakota, local governments and American Indian Reservations.