Political Science


Studying political science at Southwest Minnesota State University allows students the opportunity to investigate political phenomena ranging from the behavior of individual voters to relations among nations. We seek to develop an awareness of the moral and ethical implications of political action, and an understanding of political institutions and processes from empirical and comparative perspectives.

Where You Belong!


Political science students have opportunities to expand their learning horizons and sharpen their leadership skills through such groups as the Political Science Association, Pre-Law Society, College Democrats, College Republicans, Model United Nations, Student Government, Lyon County Exit Poll and U.S. Supreme Court Mock Trial. SMSU’s Forensics and Broadcast and Digital Media programs provide additional hands-on opportunities for learning and skill development for political science majors.

Christy Brusven

Christy (Kubat) Brusven is an attorney for the Minneapolis law firm Frederikson & Byron, where she specializes in the energy industry, permitting wind, solar, transmission and pipeline projects and representing utilities and other clients in energy-related matters. Christy was the keynote speaker at SMSU’s 2014 commencement exercises on May 10, 2014.

Christy Brusven ’02
Political Science & Public Administration


The Political Science Program awards a small number of scholarships ranging from $500-2,000 annually on the basis of merit. Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current political science majors are eligible. Incoming students may also apply for a variety of academic and leadership scholarships through the Office of Admission. Criteria for these awards include grade point average, class ranking, ACT scores, and evidence of leadership potential.


Internships are an essential part of a college career for those students who wish to complement their classroom knowledge with practical experience and enhance their attractiveness to employers. The Political Science Program coordinates a growing number of internships with the Minnesota Legislature, local governments, regional and federal agencies, the Minnesota court system, law firms, and political organizations.

  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Peace Corp/Vista Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Community Relations Director
  • Broadcast Journalist


Political Science Program - Office

SS 103, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258


The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.


  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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