Political Science

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


Westminster Political Science major stresses an integrative understanding and critical analysis of the American political system as well as the examination of changing global political conditions. Your course work will focus on the study of political behavior, organizations, theories, research methodologies, and governmental institutions.

Who It's For

Our students are requested to develop analytical thinking and core knowledge about the world we live in. This major is appropriate for those students who want to be prepared for further study in law or graduate school.

Key Benefits

  • Our small classes and dedicated faculty allow you to receive personal attention
  • A variety of opportunities to become actively involved with on-campus activities and work with local or national organizations as well

Other Political Science Programs

The Political Science minor offers non-majors a flexible academic program for exploring politics in both the domestic and global contexts. The curriculum can be designed to fit the needs of students pursuing a variety of careers including public service, civil society organizations, law, global affairs, business, education and mass communication.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

With political science as its core focus, the curriculum includes relevant courses from a number of disciplines, including justice, global, and environmental studies, communication, economics, history, management and pre-law. By merging different types of knowledge into one area, our students will gain a better understanding of political activity and behavior.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • The major prepares students for further study in law or graduate school
  • Public service careers in government, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations 
  • Private sector, the policy arena, and the political/legislative process
  • Domestic, transnational or international-global civil soicierty oranizations
  • Research conduction

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)


You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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