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Political Science

About the Program

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.


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.

Majors & Minors

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

Placement Opportunities

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

Contact Information

Political Science Program - Office

CH 129, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258


  • 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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