Department of Political Science
Department Chair: Eric Walz
Department Secretary: Kay Berry (208) 496-3060
Department Faculty: Bob InamaKent MarlorEric Walz

 
Political Science
The goal of Political Science at BYU-Idaho is to challenge and stimulate students to develop an understanding of governmental institutions and political systems, and particularly, to critically evaluate the L.D.S. members' role in the nation's political process. Majors may have educational goals in law or in careers as consultants, in government or as educators. The following programs will be offered in political science: (1) a minor in political science, (2) a minor in American Government Education.
 
NOTE on Pre-Law:
Some universities do not have a specific major called Pre-Law. This happens because no specific major is required to enter law school. Students who wish to enter law school after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at BYU-Idaho are encouraged to choose University Studies or any major of interest to them. Students developing a University Studies major with an emphasis in Political Science may choose a minor or cluster in International Studies, International Business, Economics, or other related disciplines. Please consult with one of the Political Science faculty to determine which Political Science courses would be best for you.
 
NOTE to students who wish to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in politicial science:
No 4-year degree in political science is being offered at BYU-Idaho at this time. Students who want a Bachelor's Degree in political science should obtain an Associate Degree in General Studies at BYU-Idaho and then transfer to another college or university. While obtaining the Associate Degree at BYU-Idaho, students should complete as many of the requirements listed below for a minor in political science as are reasonably possible. Please consult with one of the political science faculty to determine which political sciences courses would be best for you.
 
NOTE:
A composite Social Science Education Degree will be offered. Please refer to the History Department catalog section for the requirements to obtain this degree.
 
Program Description



Minor in  Political Science (126)   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
POLSC 110, 150, 170, 300

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
POLSC 280, 370

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 380
POLSC 311, 314, 315, 320, 330

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
GEOG 350
HIST 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 370
INTST 345, 348, 349, 350



Minor in  American Government Education (128)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
HIST 380
POLSC 110, 150, 170

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
POLSC 311, 314, 315, 320
 
Course Descriptions

POLSC 110 American Government (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
English background of American institutions, colonial systems of government. The Constitution, the evolution and adoption of government to the changing role of the United States as an industrialized member of the world of nations and the changing federal/state relations.
 
POLSC 150 Foreign Government (3:3:0)
Major types of government in present use: historical development, organization, and operation.
 
POLSC 170 International Politics (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Basic forces, practices, and institutions used by nations in their foreign relations.
(Winter and Fall)
 
POLSC 280 Introduction to Law (3:3:0)
An introduction to the study and practice of law. A "non-glamour" oriented approach to the reality of the law profession.
 
POLSC 300 Political Inquiry (3:3:0)
Systematic treatment of methodology in political science, including theory and techniques of quantitative research design.
(Winter, Fall)
 
POLSC 311 State and Local Government (3:3:0)
A study of state and local political systems and their relationship to the federal sysem.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
POLSC 314 The Executive Branch (3:3:0)
A detailed study of the executive branch of government at the national and state levels focusing particularly on the powers of the American presidency.
(Winter, Fall)
 
POLSC 315 The Legislative Branch (3:3:0)
A detailed study of the powers, structure, organization, and procedures of the U. S. Congress and state legislatures, incuding relations with pressure groups and with the other branches of government.
 
POLSC 320 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3:3:0)
Functions and roles of American political parties and interest groups: public, elections, policy.
(Every other semester)
 
POLSC 330 Introduction to Public Administration (3:3:0)
Introduction to administrative procedures and policy-making in government agencies. A socio psychological approach to the study of organizations. Some study of theory and policy assessment and the nature of bureaucracy.
(Fall)
 
POLSC 370 Political Theory (3:3:0)
The history of political science and political thought including the moral and ethical dimensions of politics and govenment.
(Winter)
 
POLSC 380 US Constitutional History and Law (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have AmHer 170, Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
Foundations of constitutionalism, the development of the federal system, the principles of judicial review, nationalism and sectionalism, commerce, due process, equal protection and civil rights.
(Summer 2004, Winter 2006, Summer 2006)