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Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Are you intrigued by current events, policy formulation, or the day-to-day operations of government? The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers a dynamic curriculum to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Our department offers two majors: Political Science and Public Administration. The Political Science degree is granted through the College of Arts & Sciences, while the Public Administration degree is granted through the College of Business and Public Administration.
BA in Political Science
Our Political Science students are educated in a breadth of topics including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political thought. Students acquire essential skills in policy analysis, writing, and critical thinking, and have gone onto work in nonprofits, and local, state, and federal government roles.
BS in Public Administration
Public Administration is known as “the business of government.” With a curriculum that combines essential business studies such as management, accounting, and economics with a foundation of political science, our graduates have pursued exciting careers at a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
The College of Business and Public Administration has a long tradition of acclaimed Truman Scholarship winners dating back to 1978 to 2011 with UND Students awarded scholarships most recently in 2010 and 2011.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2730 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.
Students are elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.' Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some of the premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.
The College of Business & Public Administration is proud to acknowledge the great accomplishments of our Truman Scholarship Winners as well as the well-established tradition from our distinguished Alumni.
"Being awarded a Truman Scholarship encouraged me to go to law school,
UND WINNERS – Where are they now?
Erin Elizabeth Barta - 2011
Senior (2011) Political Science and Honors/Minor in English
Grant Hauschild - 2010
2011 Political Science & Public Administration
McLain J. 'Mac' Schneider - 2001
2002 BA History/Minor Political Science
"I would say the best thing about being a Truman Scholar is the chance to meet so many bright, kind-hearted people. It's been over a decade since my class was selected, but I still count dozens of Truman Scholars as good friends. Beyond that, the Truman foundation's summer program allowed me to work in Washington, DC, which opened the door to a full-time job with former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, who helped me tremendously in becoming involved in public service in North Dakota. So the scholarship has played a big part in my life, and the money for law school is probably the least of it."
Jonathan Sickler - 1998
1999 BA Political Science/Minor Criminal Justice
"The Truman Scholarship changed my life in a couple different ways. First, I was exposed to a diverse group of very intelligent, highly motivated, and talented students who at a young age has already begun to apply their skills to a range of causes and public service initiatives. The second way the Truman Scholarship changed my life was by the doors it opened. The Truman Foundation does a great job of introducing Scholars to various leaders in politics, government, think tanks, media, non-profits and other areas of public service. Perhaps the biggest overall impact on me has been the wonderful friends I made through the Truman Scholar program who continue to motivate and inspire me to serve the public interest as much as when I first met them."
Mark Ewen - 1992
1992 BA Political Science & Economics – University of North Dakota
"The scholarship certainly cemented my interest in matters of public policy, and was important, I think, in my acceptance into graduate school. The scholarship also facilitated professional networking opportunities and a wonderful summer internship experience at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. All of this contributed to the arc of my professional career, which involves, primarily, consulting with various federal and state agencies on the economic effects of environmental policy."
Sarah Fugleberg–Flatness - 1990
1995 BA Journalism
Denise Flanagan - 1988
1990 BPA Public Administration/Political Science – University of North Dakota
1991 MPA with a concentration in Public Finance, Maxwell School of
Kathy Hill - 1984
Jenifer Urff - 1984
1986 BA Journalism/Political Science Minor Psychology
Peggy Kuhn - 1983
1985 BPA Economics
Cynthia Beyer-Ulrich - 1982
1984 BA History/Political Science
Michael Liffrig - 1979
1981 BA Economics
"The Truman Scholarship has kept my mind focused on public service and government affairs for many years. As a result of that focus, I was willing to make a long shot bid for the United States Senate in 2004. That campaign opened many doors for my legal consulting business, as folks in most parts of the United States are quite impressed by the idea of running a statewide race for such a high traffic office. Also, has a direct result of the Scholarship, I was willing to run for and serve as States Attorney in Oliver County from 2006 until 2010."
Karen Rehwaldt–Sand - 1978
1981 BA Political Science/Economics
Note: UND had finalists in 2003, 2005, and 2009