Political Science Learning Opportunities

  • MSUM Political Science students are highly involved on campus and within the community. They embrace diversity, challenges, opportunities and unique learning experiences that continue to produce incredible results.

    At MSUM, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in student organizations directly related to your major, attend and present at regional and national conferences, collaborate with professors on projects, gain hands-on experience through internships, help coordinate community service projects, and much more.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students studying political science in the United States. There are more than 700 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university campuses across the country.

    MSU Moorhead’s Political Science Department hosts the Alpha Eta Mu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. New members are inducted each spring during the department’s annual Political Science Honors banquet. Membership is open to students of any major as long as the following requirements are met:

    • Completed at least 15 credits of Political Science
    • Completed at least one 300-level Political Science course
    • 3.0 GPA in Political Science
    • 3.0 GPA overall

    For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Headrick at headrick@mnstate.edu.

    Political Science club is a student organization that brings together Political Science majors and any other students interested in topics related to political science. This includes watching films with political themes, attending events on campus related to political issues, inviting off-campus and on-campus experts to discuss issues of the day, or simply hosting social events to bring together those with common interests.

    MSUM College Democrats is a student organization focused on preparing its members, the community and other students to lead in local, state and national Democratic politics. As part of this organization, you’ll stay up to date on happenings within the Democratic Party through tabling events, debate watch parties, platform discussions, and panels with local and state representatives. Connect with MSUM College Democrats on Facebook. 

    MSUM College Republicans gives you and fellow students the opportunity to organize with fellow conservatives, participate in party events and learn about what conservatives believe.

    The Student Senate is the officially recognized voice of the student body at MSUM. Student Senate officers advocate on behalf of students to the administration of MSUM; Minnesota State; and local, state and federal governments. They also implement projects that will help further the sense of community and involvement on campus. Connect with Student Senate

    Internships are not required to complete your Political Science degree, but are an excellent way to gain experience and make connections within the community. Nearly 30 percent of students complete an internship. In doing so, you’ll gain real-world experience to enhance your resume and expand your career options. While most students intern in government offices, non-profits and businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead community, several have interned with government officials in Washington, D.C.

    Students have completed internships with the following elected officials or organizations, among others:

    • Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
    • Former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.
    • Former Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D.
    • Former Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.
    • City of Moorhead
    • City of Fargo
    • KFGO
    • The Arts Partnership
    • Emergency Food Pantry

     

    For more information on available internships, contact your academic advisor.

    MSU Moorhead’s Student Academic Conference (SAC) provides an opportunity for student researchers to present their work to faculty, administration, peers and the community in a formal academic setting each April. You’ll have the chance to present your hard work in a variety of ways—panel discussions, workshops, multimedia presentations, displays and demonstrations—and gather constructive feedback to help you better analyze and continue exploration.