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Education for Today's Leaders 

The Department of Political Science at USD is among the most nationally prominent programs in the country.  

We take pride not only in our high national ranking and our award-winning faculty, but also in the fact that our students frequently earn some of the nation's most prestigious scholarships for continued studies.

Our approach to education is distinguished by close faculty mentoring, a challenging program of study for our students, practical experience and sponsorship of numerous seminars, lectures and conferences. We're large enough to provide diversity in course offerings and viewpoints, but small enough to provide excellent opportunities to become acquainted with faculty members and fellow students. 

We have Two Primary Goals:
  1. Preparing students for careers in law, politics, government, and the mass media, as well as for public-related positions in the private sector.
  2. Preparing students for responsible citizenship, intelligent voting, and informed participation in public affairs.

We Offer:

If you are looking for a career with leadership, public-related and high-profile opportunities, we encourage you to seriously consider the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota. 

ContactUs  Political Science Department Chair
William D. Richardson, Ph.D.
605) 677-5701
William.Richardson@usd.edu