The PSPA Department proudly supports experiential learning for students.
Events, coursework, and a special endowment all contribute to the department's dedication to hands-on learning.
PSPA students frequently complete internships. Students work for local governments and the federal government. Many student participate in political campaigns or work as congressional staffers. Lastly, student use internships to explore careers in law and non-profit management. Internships can be taken for credit during the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
Collaborating and Learning Globally
PSPA students participate in an annual discussion with students at the University of Manitoba as part of the J. W. Dafoe Political Studies Student Conference, hosted by University of Manitoba.
Study Abroad programs in dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Australia have been a critical part of a PSPA experience for many students. Students can select from programs where a group of students travel with a UND faculty member or where a student enrolls in an international university that partners with UND.
Wenstrom Lecture Series
Frank E. Wenstrom was known for his public service as state Senator, former Lieutenant Governor, and President of the second Constitutional Convention for the state of North Dakota. The annual Wenstrom Lecture focuses on issues current in North Dakota politics or public affairs.
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp
- Senator Kevin Cramer
- Lt. Goveror Brent Sanford
Courses With Major Simulation Components
- Pols 215: Politics and Diversity
- Pols 220: International Politics
- Pols 329: Presidential Politics
- Pols 432: Public Policy