The Department of Political Science & Public Policy (PSPP) offers a variety of undergraduate programs that prepare students for careers in public service, legal professions, non-profit organizations, and business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an above-average rate of 6% growth for political science employment between 2019 and 2029.
We currently offer majors in Political Science, and minors in Political Science and Pre-Law. The department is developing a number of new programs and NDSU students will soon have an opportunity to major in Pre-Law, minor in Public Policy, and pursue a post-graduate Masters in Public Policy (MPP). Beyond instruction, the Department offers a variety of opportunities through our Pre-Law Club, honor society, internship program, and scholarships. PSPP students also have regular opportunities to study abroad.
Our faculty have expertise in areas ranging from local governance to global public policy and international relations. We also feature a cluster of scholars focused on law, judicial politics, and crime policy. PSPP faculty draw on internationally recognized research programs and extensive experience as program evaluators and consultants for governments, firms, and non-profits, to provide a cutting edge, and practice-informed, education to NDSU students.