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2015-2016 Undergraduate catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science Department

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William D. Richardson, Chair
Mary Pat Bierle, Coordinator of POLS Internships
Sandy McKeown, Director of Criminal Justice Studies & Coordinator of CJUS Internships

Timothy Schorn, Director of International Studies

Matthew Fairholm, Coordinator of Leadership Studies

Shane Nordyke, Director of Government Research Bureau

Sandi Allred, Secretary
Ilmira Dulyanova, Graduate Programs Coordinator
Cheryl Hovorka, Program Assistant II

Cody Raterman, CJUS Coordinator

Dakota Hall, Room 118
(605) 677-5242




Richard Braunstein, American Politics, Initiative and Referendum Process, Civil Rights & Liberties
Matthew R. Fairholm, Public Administration, Leadership Theory and Practice, Constitutional Governance
Matthew Moen, American Politics, Congress
William Richardson, Political Philosophy, Public Administration, American Politics, Leadership & Ethics
Michael Roche, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Justice & Compassion

Associate Professors:

Michael Card, Public Administration, Leadership, Public Organizational Theory
Steven Feimer, Policing Administration, Crime Mapping, White Collar Crime, , Criminal Profiling, and Environmental Law and Policy
Eric M. Jepsen, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Democratization, Globalization, Latin American Politics, and South Asian Politics
Sandy McKeown, Juvenile Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice
Chad Newswander, Public Administration, Power and Politics, Constitutional Governance, Domestic Security Issues, Administrative Law, and Organization Theory
Shane Nordyke, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Research Methods, and Intergovernmental Relations
Timothy Schorn, International Relations, Human Rights, Middle Eastern Politics
Elizabeth T. Smith, American Politics, Public Administration, Leadership

Assistant Professors:

Ed Gerrish, Public Financial Management, Policy Analysis, Public Performance Management, Research Methods
Bridget Welch,  Criminology; Family Violence; Race, Class, and Gender; Sexual Assault; and Victimology


Jacqueline Faulhaber, Public Leadership, Virtue and Justice in Leadership, Biblical Leadership
Joshua Houy, American Politics, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Justice Policy
Lynita Newswander, Political Theory, Religion and Politics, and Feminist Politics


Mary Pat Bierle, American Politics, Congress, Interest Group Politics, and Research and Writing in Political Science


Political Science, B.A., B.S.


Civic Leadership Studies
Political Science

The Department of Political Science is large enough to provide a diversity of course offerings and viewpoints, but small enough to provide excellent opportunities to become acquainted with faculty members and fellow students. The political science major has two primary goals: 1) preparing students for careers in law, politics, government, and the mass media, as well as for public-related positions in the private sector; and 2) preparing students for responsible citizenship, intelligent voting, and informed participation in public affairs.


Political science and criminal justice faculty will nominate high achieving students who are interested in public service careers to a fast-track to the Master of Public Administration degree. Students would apply to the USD Graduate School during the spring of their junior year, and be admitted to the USD Graduate School contingent on receipt of their undergraduate degree. After completing 90 hours (senior status), students may take 9 graduate hours that will count toward their undergraduate degree and also count toward the NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration degree. After receiving their undergraduate degree and satisfactory progress in the three graduate courses, students would continue to pursue coursework leading to the MPA degree.


  • Farber Fund Scholarships (available to incoming first-year students and sophomores)
  • Daniel M. & L’Nora Bylander Awards (available to junior or senior political science majors with a 3.0 or better GPA who graduated from a South Dakota high school)
  • Oneta H. Card Government. Cooperation Scholarship (awarded to an upper level undergraduate or graduate student in political science, resident of S.D. with at least 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale pursuing a career in improving Tribal Government interaction with the state of South Dakota, county and city government)
  • Carlson Local Government Award (given to a junior or senior who has taken, and demonstrated an interest in, South Dakota Politics or State and Local Politics)
  • Alan & Mary Clem Scholarship (given to political science major with preference to students with a second major or minor in journalism or economics)
  • Comparative Politics Award (awarded to a student with interest/ability in comparative politics)
  • Dillon Senior Achievement Award (awarded to an outstanding senior political science major based on overall performance and potential)
  • Mary Edelen Internship Award (given to an outstanding intern working with our political system)
  • Robert D.Faulk Award (given to a sophomore or junior with an interest in state and local government and with leadership potential. Recipient must be a SD resident and show financial need)
  • Farber Fund Writing Awards (available to seniors for outstanding papers of at least 20 pages)
  • Donald D. Fowler Scholarship (given to a sophomore or junior political science major based on scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to international public service)
  • Clarence & Sophia Fowler Award (awarded to a junior or senior political science major who demonstrates superior scholarship and civic leadership potential)
  • Robert Falk Award (available to a sophomore or junior S.D. resident with an interest in state and local politics and with leadership potential)
  • Clarence Eide-Sue Eide Kimball Endowment (given to a student majoring in International Studies and studying abroad, with preference given to students that have a financial need, in order to promote and foster international understanding and to a student majoring in Criminal Justice, with preference given to students who plan to pursue careers that enhance the security of the United States, such as law enforcement, policing, border control, or cyberspace warfare)
  • Gene Kimmel Award (awarded to an undergraduate major with effective communication skills)
  • The Edward J. Leahy Scholarship (Annual scholarship given to Political Science major (senior) with 3.3+ GPA who is an athlete)
  • MacDonald Political Science Scholarship (given to a Political Science major with preference to a student having financial need)
  • Diane Jones Meier Award (given to an outstanding female major in the department)
  • Stephen & Mary Lynn Myers Scholarship (awarded to a major for outstanding academic achievement and leadership/involvement in student activities)
  • Philip Roche Service Award (for a Criminal Justice/Political Science major who has displayed a sense of community service and a desire to help others and a commitment to such service)
  • Clyde Saukerson Honors Program Scholarship (given to a sophomore major in the Honors Program with a 3.5 or better GPA)
  • Dorothy C. Schieffer Scholarship (four-year tuition, fees, books, room & board awarded to exceptional first-year student; preference for non-traditional student)
  • Frank L. “Jeff” Scott Memorial (Given to a Criminal Justice major who has at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need)
  • SD Fraternal Order of Police Award (Given to two outstanding Criminal Justice majors to promote the study of, and careers in, Criminal Justice)
  • South Dakota Sheriff’s Association (given for a graduate of a West River S.D. high school and for a East River high school graduate. Recipients must be enrolled or accepted at USD and meet all departmental requirements to be a CJUS major in good standing)
  • Blair Tremere Scholarships (available to undergraduates who show promise and responsibility as well as an interest in public service)

In addition to these specific scholarships/awards, the Farber Fund makes about $140,000 available annually for Political Science, Criminal Justice and International majors to attend conferences, participate in faculty-led programs and departmental trips, complete internships, travel abroad, and carry out research projects. For additional departmental information, see website listed above and http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/farber-fund.

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