Political Science Program at Boise State University

We teach Political Science to the students of Boise State University in addition to conducting research throughout the west.

Political Science majors are prepared for further study at the graduate level or for a variety of careers. Many of our students become teachers or lawyers. Others work for a large corporation as public affairs officers or for federal, state, or local governments in numerous capacities. Some become reporters, lobbyists, or campaign managers; some have been elected to public office.

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Late notice, but this may be of interest to current Political Science majors and alums.
Event: Boise State Young Democrats Meet and Greet

The Boise State Young Democrats Club is excited to host a Meet and Greet with 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Julián Castro at Boise State University in the Jordan Ballroom on Tuesday, February 26th from 7-9 pm. Julián Castro is the former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas and served as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama.


The Boise State School of Public Service is hiring work-study students! This is a great job opportunity with flexible hours to work around your classes. Apply on Handshake if you want to become part of the SPS team!

World Refugee Day 05/31/2018

The United Nations Association charter on campus is recruiting volunteers to help the Idaho Office for Refugees with the set-up and take-down for World Refugee Day on June 23rd.

This is an excellent opportunity to serve Idaho's refugee communities. The event includes a citizenship ceremony, music, dancing, artisans, and ethnic food. Boise resettlement organizations put on the event with the help of sponsors and partners. For more information, visit: http://www.idahorefugees.org/world-refugee-day.html

To serve in this event, please indicate the time you can serve on the spreadsheet linked in comments. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt! Please let us know if you can volunteer by Friday, June 1st.

World Refugee Day

BroncoFit - broncofit 04/16/2018

The 12 Days of BroncoFit begins next week. This is a celebration of all of the dimensions of wellness. Please check out broncofit.boisestate.edu for a full schedule. We hope to see you there!

BroncoFit - broncofit BroncoFit BroncoFit is a campus-wide initiative to create America’s healthiest learning environment by encouraging Boise State students, faculty and staff to engage in all aspects of health and well-being. BroncoFit will plant the seeds for life-long health. By learning through wellness …

President’s Writing Awards - President's Writing Awards 02/15/2018

Submit to the 2018 President’s Writing Awards!

All contest categories are open to writing produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State from Spring 2017 through Spring 2018.

Two prizes will be awarded in each category: first prize, $200; second prize, $100.

Visit http://president.boisestate.edu/presidents-writing-awards/ to complete the submission form and upload the file with your submission.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018

Direct all inquiries to [email protected]

President’s Writing Awards - President's Writing Awards The President’s Writing Awards Committee is pleased to announce its 36th annual awards season. President’s Writing Awards 2018 Eligibility: All contest categories are open to manuscripts produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State from Spring 2017 through Spring 2018. Previously ...

FallForumFlyerREV3.pdf 09/18/2017

The University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research and Rangeland Center with the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, are hosting a very special "Fall Forum" event: Stitching the West Back Together, a conversation about the social, ecological, and economic health of rangelands.

Join us for the Keynote Dinner on October 5th with author and researcher Dr. Nathan Sayre at the Basque Center in Boise, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

The next day, October 6th, enjoy a Range Tour from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Meet at the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey by 8:00 am, and then tour the BLM Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) for more conversations about rangeland wildlife, restoration, and recreation.

Following the tour, Fall Forum participants will have a special opportunity to see the Peregrine Fund's spectacular raptor "Fall Flights" at 3:00 pm.

Register by September 20th - limited capacity!

Dinner: $40 per person, $75 per couple
Tour: $30 per person (includes snacks, lunch)
Fall Flights: $10 per person


Boise City Council Candidate Forum 9.19.pdf 09/18/2017

The Southwest Idaho Chapter of National Organization of Women and the Political Science Association are hosting a candidate forum for the women candidates for Boise City Council tomorrow, Tuesday September 19th from 6:30-8:30PM.

What: Boise City Council Candidate Forum
When: Tuesday September 19 from 6:30-8:30
Where: BSU's SUB Simplot C

Boise City Council Candidate Forum 9.19.pdf

GIVE Flagship Video 09/06/2017


Travel the world to change your life and improve other people’s lives. Learn how to make an impact overseas hand-in-hand with the locals and Be the Roots of Change!

Immerse yourself in a foreign culture, have an adventure of a lifetime, and help communities abroad by joiningGIVE! GIVE is having information sessions this Thursday, September 7th in the Hatch C Ballroom (2nd floor of the Student Union) @ 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, & 4:30! about our unique international volunteer opportunities this upcoming winter and summer. We hope to see you there!

Seeing is Believing. Watch our video (https://vimeo.com/75824193) to see GIVE in action!

As a GIVE volunteer, you will work alongside locals to build schools out of recyclable materials, install fresh water systems, teach English, implement artificial reefs, and help to protect critically endangered species. Become a part of our GIVE family and empower local villages in Thailand, Laos, Nicaragua, and Tanzania!

Go on raw adventures immersed in the culture of your host country! This includes (but is most definitely not limited to): overnight safaris, trekking with elephants, sand-boarding down an active volcano, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and sharks in tropical waters, surfing, cave exploration, and much, MUCH more!

Now is the time: Change your life. Change the world. And Be the Roots of Change! Come meet us to learn more about volunteering and how to get academic credit! Remember, our meetings are this Thursday, September 7th in the Hatch C Ballroom (2nd floor of the Student Union) @ 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, & 4:30!

Bring your friends! Feel free to stay for the whole meeting or come and go as you please! You can also visit our website for more information at www.givevolunteers.org.

GIVE Flagship Video Dive into Growth International Volunteer Excursions' (GIVE) volunteer Nicaragua and Tanzania excursions and earn academic credit with GIVE's International…


Research Community Invited to
User Group Welcome Back Meeting & Pizza!

Wednesday, August 30
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Computer Science Building, RM 221
(City Center Plaza, 777 West Main Street)

Kick off the new year and meet up with members of Boise State's research community who want to learn and share about coding, computing, research, and scholarship.

This is a time for anyone interested in learning or advancing coding and computing skills (from novice to intermediate) to meet up and learn more about the campus community and what's in store for the coming year.

At this kick-off meeting, everyone will get a chance to:
Meet and greet like-minded members of the Boise State community (students, post docs, faculty, support staff, and more)
Share coding and scholastic interests and needs
Learn about campus resources for coding and computing support
Eat pizza!

Share & Ask: Please feel free to forward this invite to students and faculty interested in attending, and if you have any questions about the meeting, email [email protected].

Insight Global Education | Semester in Development – Uganda 05/23/2017

Internship opportunity: The Semester in Development is a term-long program that is open to undergraduate students of all disciplines. The program is based entirely overseas in Kampala, Uganda, and is unique as it combines studying and interning. While abroad, participants enroll as part-time visiting students at Makerere University, studying one day a week and earning transferable credits. The remaining four days a week have participants interning with a locally run organization in a field directly related to the student’s academic field.


Insight Global Education | Semester in Development – Uganda

aligning goals flyer.pdf 04/18/2017

Guest Lecturer Giovanni Allegretti will be giving a lecture on Participatory
Democracy and new technologies tomorrow at 3:00 pm, SUB Hatch C.

aligning goals flyer.pdf

Timeline photos 04/07/2017

Next Thursday, Professor Peter Onuf from the University of Virginia will present a speech titled "A Faithful Republican: Thomas Jefferson and Religion". This event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a Q/A session. Sponsored by NNU Honors College, and Organization of American Historians Lectureship Series.

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
NNU Campus---Feltar Lecture Hall---Wiley Learning Center
For more information contact Professor Steve Shaw, 467-8878 or [email protected]

Legislative Update: Idaho Lawmakers Getting Close To The End Of The Session 03/29/2017

Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief weighs in on the 2017 Legislative session on an episode of the Weekly Legislative Update Review.

Legislative Update: Idaho Lawmakers Getting Close To The End Of The Session As we wrap up the 11 th week of the 2017 Idaho Legislative Session, lawmakers have been struggling to finish up their work and go home. For several weeks,

ASBSU Honors Faculty with 2017 Golden Apple Awards - UPDATE 03/06/2017

Congratulations to Dr. Lori Hausegger for being awarded the Golden Apple Award for the Boise State School of Public Service! This award is given by ASBSU as a way for students to thank teachers who have encouraged them and instilled a passion for learning.

ASBSU Honors Faculty with 2017 Golden Apple Awards - UPDATE For 30 years, ASBSU has presented Golden Apple Awards as a way for students to thank teachers who have encouraged them and instilled a passion for learning. With more than 300 nominations from students, a total of 24 Boise State …

Bronco Money Matters - Dean of Students 02/06/2017

Today from 2:00-6:00 pm in the SMASH building is an open house for any students still looking for scholarship opportunities.

Bronco Money Matters - Dean of Students 2017 Scholarship Open Houses Still looking for scholarships? Need some direction? Drop by our 2017 Scholarship Open Houses over these next three weeks to search and apply for scholarships. Bring your laptop or rent one from The Zone for free. …


Tomorrow afternoon, Professor Kent Greenfield from Boston College Law School will give a talk titled "The irony of corporate 'citizenship" in Trump's America: How Citizens United got us into this mess and how it could help us get out."
Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center, 514 W Jefferson St
12:30 pm with free pizza lunch at 12:15.

Tuesday Event.pdf


Early voting can be done on campus today. The voting trailer is located on the Student Union patio.


State Department Flyer (1).pdf 10/27/2016

US Dept. of State Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the Rocky Mountain Region, Stewart Devine will be on campus November 1 From 4-5pm in the SUB's Bishop Barnwell Room, to discuss careers in the State Department.

What: US State Dept. Diplomat in Residence for Rocky Mountain Region Stewart Devine
When: Tuesday November 1 @ 4pm
Where: SUB Bishop Barnwelll

State Department Flyer (1).pdf

October 26th Writing Careers Panel Flier.jpeg 10/25/2016

Tomorrow evening the English department is hosting a panel on "Writing Careers Outside of Universities." The goal is to help you think broadly about writing work and what fields you might apply to after graduation. Participants will have the chance to learn from the mayor's Communications Director, the director for The Cabin's Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, and our English advising specialist/ grant-writer for Boise's non-profit organizations. Join us for in-depth discussions with presenters where you will can expand your understanding of what’s possible with writing.

October 26th Writing Careers Panel Flier.jpeg

MTEPublicService (1).pdf 10/21/2016

On November 1 at 5:30 in Simplot A/C, SPS and the Career Center will host a career networking event specifically for SPS students.
Here is a sampling of the confirmed attendees:
-Idaho State Democrats
-Idaho State Republicans
-Boise Police Dept.
-US State Department
-Idaho Power
-Ada County Sheriff
-Moffatt Thomas (Law Firm)
-City of Boise
-Ada County

MTEPublicService (1).pdf

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