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“Because we are located so close to the State Capital, students have a great opportunity to interact with their government. Our location is absolutely beneficial to opportunities that you wouldn’t find at just any school.”

- Rob Harbaugh, Political Science Faculty

Program Overview

When you choose political science as a major, you will be exposed to the dynamic origins and operations of government and political behavior. You will also gain the knowledge to analyze the political impacts of social issues, such as war, poverty, crime, education, race, gender, the environment, and globalization.

Courses in this program are intended to prepare you to transfer to a four-year program at a college or university. A Political Science degree can be a big first step toward professional careers in public policy, law, nonprofit management, diplomacy, and numerous political professions.

Program Mission

Political science is a very diverse discipline which has a distinct body of theory, but is also influenced by a number of other disciplines including economics, history, sociology, and even biology. All political science students are required to take American National Government and Introduction to Political Science. Other courses are determined by a student’s special interests. They include International Relations, Legislative Internship and international travel/study tours.

Why Political Science?

The study of politics is ideally informed by great, long-standing questions about justice. In practice, it often focuses on a systematic examination of institutions and processes of government, domestic and international. The study of political science prepares you not only for employment, but for life as an informed citizen ready to participate in political activities within interest groups or political parties; related to community organization and political advocacy; or even service as an elected or appointed official.

Such study prepares you for a variety of careers by emphasizing the acquisition of skills in communication and analysis; and by encouraging independent thought, tolerance, and informed interest in current affairs. The ability to define a problem and contribute to its solution is highly valued in a variety of employment settings, as are skills in writing, research, and evaluation. More specifically, the study of political science provides background for careers in government at the local, state, and national levels: in international organizations; political campaigns; interest groups and lobbying organizations; journalism; business; and law.

Additional Educational Opportunities at CWI

The CWI Political Science program has an internship program that works to help students develop professional experience by placing students in governmental jobs at the local, state, and federal levels.


Course Descriptions

Political Science required courses include:

  • Political Science 101 & 102

Political Science Electives:

  • 25-26 credits from a variety of classes including Political Science, Economics, History, and Philosophy.

Degree Plan

Advising Information

Robert Harbaugh

Instructor Info

Program Head

Robert Harbaugh
312 Nampa Campus
(208) 562-3406

Adjunct Faculty              

Luis Calcoa
Wayne Hammon
Ryan Peck
J. Schweitzer