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A major in political science provides students with the tools necessary to engage as citizens in an increasingly global, interdependent and diverse world.

The program stresses critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills that are beneficial in any profession.

The WSU Political Science department offers various emphases in addition to a minor: public policy, public service, public law, international and political theory.

Students interested in law school can focus on the public law and legal studies courses in the American politics category, whereas students seeking careers in development work or foreign service might take courses in comparative politics and international relations.

The public service emphasis of the American politics category is ideal for students interested in civic engagement and public policy.

Program Highlights

The Political Science department offers many opportunities for students to learn both in and out of the classroom.

Hands-on Experiences

Our programs give students a variety of out-of-the-classroom activities and experiences. 


We strive to make sure that our graduates have technology competence to use in their futures. 


Our students have outstanding opportunities, such as internships, to gain valuable work experience. 


Our students can join many clubs, three of which are sponsored by our department. 

A full list of clubs can be found on the Student Activities and Leadership website.

Facilities and Equipment

Leading-edge facilities and equipment are available to all students.

Graduates gain experience that gives them a competitive advantage in employment and graduate school.

Class Sizes

We have small upper-level classes to encourage more personalized student learning. 

Networking and Connecting

Our students have great opportunities to gain valuable out-of-the-classroom knowledge and experiences. 

Travel Opportunities

Our students can gain lifelong insights through faculty-led travel programs


Our students learn from dedicated and interesting instructors