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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Political Science

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College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BA, BS
Program Description Political science is the systematic study of polities, power relationships and government. Political science is in one sense an ancient discipline: Aristotle called it the "queen of the sciences." Yet the focus for much of today's political science was developed in the past sixty years. Scientific observations have now joined older philosophical traditions. Modern political science examines politics in the United States, countries and regions of the world, and in international relations. It explains how and why public decisions are made. Political science majors can qualify for a wide variety of careers in public and private sector organizations, including business, law, government, journalism, international organizations and finance, political campaigns, interest groups and secondary and college teaching. The study of public affairs and government is essential for developing effective citizenship. This training prepares one for professional or volunteer involvement in community organizations, issue movements, electoral politics, and other activities in the public arena.
Admission Requirements Admission to Major is granted by the department.
Minimum University admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements  
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information

Judith Ziemke, Office Manager
109 Morris Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2721

College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall

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