After BSU

BSU Political Science alumni are pursuing careers in a wide variety of fields. Read what they have to say about their how the department shaped their professional lives:

dan koevDan Koev, Ph.D., Regent University, Assistant Professor of Government

“I came to Bemidji State lacking confidence and a sense of direction. My Political Science professors recognized my strengths and inspired me to pursue an academic career. Thanks to their guidance and instruction, I went on to earn a Ph.D. and am now myself a university professor.”

samanthaSamantha Fitzgerald, Government Relations Manager, CARFAX

“The immense knowledge I gained through graduating the Political Science program at Bemidji State helps me succeed every day in my current profession. Small class sizes and valuable one-on-one time with professors set this program apart from nearly all other universities. Every semester I learned information that would set me up for achievements in my future career.”

ryan zemekRyan Zemek, Economic Development Director, Headwaters Regional Development Commission

“For students considering the Political Science program at Bemidji State University, I definitely recommend it. The professors care about you and your goals, and the education helps you understand the world, think critically and communicate effectively. My education at Bemidji State provided me with the foundational skills to build my career in community planning. It enables me to gather and assess relevant information, communicate this analysis to stakeholders and develop strategies to meet the needs of a community.”

fangFang Fang

“I came to BSU to study Political Science with little knowledge of it. While studying this subject, I acquired skills in communication and analysis. The teaching staff encouraged us to think critically and be tolerant of the diversity of thoughts.

As the owner of a newly established study/travel abroad agency, I am able to travel and interact with different people. I am doing the things I am most passionate about, while expanding my business. I am thankful for the advice and experience I have acquired during my studies in BSU. ”

Westrom MugShotSen. Torrey Westrom (R–Elbow Lake, MN)

“Bemidji State University presented me with a world-class education. Their friendly admissions staff, welcoming student services and friendly faculty strongly contributed to my decision to attend. Class sizes were small enough to foster intimate lively discussions and large enough to have multiple dynamic sides to the issues discussed. The facilities and tunnel systems were great attributes. BSU was especially accommodating for a person with a disability. The community is genuine, and the culture is both meaningful and enriching. My experience at BSU was the best I could have ever hoped for from any college.”

carlyCarly Melin, ’07, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 2011-present

“Studying political science at Bemidji State University was instrumental in my future professional opportunities. The course offerings in the Political Science department were diverse and the instruction was engaging. My education gave me a strong foundation to continue on to law school and eventually run for public office and serve in the Minnesota Legislature. I’d recommend pursuit of a Political Science degree to any student interested in domestic or international politics and policy.”

nambeeNambee Ragavan, Community Strategist and NGO Consultant

“The Political Science program at BSU is designed to prepare students to be flexible in choosing their career path. The diversified courses in all areas prepare students to have options upon graduation to work in many developmental areas  The commitment and dedication of the faculty is another great advantage to the Political Science department.”






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