Political Science



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

Overview

Westminster College's Political Science program stresses an integrative understanding and critical analysis of politics, policy and power relations at the local, national and global levels.

We offer both a Major and a Minor in Political Science:

  • Our major allows you to choose between three different emphases in addition to a core Political Science preparation. The three emphases which you can choose from are: (a) Global Politics, (b) Pre-Law, and (c) Customized Emphasis. The customized emphasis allows students to combine elements from the other two emphases.
  • Our Political Science Minor offers non-majors a flexible academic program for exploring politics in both the domestic and global contexts.
Our curriculum can be designed to fit the needs of students pursuing a variety of careers including public service, civil society organizations, law, international and global affairs, political activism in social, environmental and global movements, education and academia, and mass communication.

Who It's For

Our Political Science program is appropriate for those students who want to be prepared for further study in law or graduate school; to enter public service careers in government or international organizations; to work in nongovernmental and non-profit organizations; to work in the private sector, the policy arena, the political/legislative process; to work in domestic, transnational, or international/global civil society organizations, movements, or activism; or to conduct research.

Key Benefits

  • Our small classes and dedicated faculty allow you to receive personal attention, associated with an academic environment committed to excellence.
  • Our small, student-driven program gives you the opportunity to interact with passionate peers committed to political engagement at local, national and global levels.
  • Our Political Science program is part of the wider Department of Politics, Justice & Global Studies. This gives our students the chance to engage in problem-driven interdisciplinary learning committed to equity, sustainability, social justice and global engagement.
  • A variety of opportunities and internships to become actively involved with on-campus activities and work with local, national and international/global organizations as well.
  • Diverse opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, and faculty-student research collaborations, and the opportunity to publish it Westminster's own academic journal, The Myriad
  • Several opportunities to present your research at undergraduate conferences, including Westminster's own Global Crises, Global Change undergraduate conference, and the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights where several of our outstanding students have been selected to participate and present.
  • A variety of opportunities for study abroad, international exchange, May Term and Summer travel seminar experiences.
  • Our Department boasts a solid record of placement for our students in graduate schools, including some of the following:
    • University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), doctoral program in Global Studies
    • University of Denver, graduate program in International Studies
    • University of London—SOAS, graduate programs
    • King's College London, graduate programs

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Our curriculum stresses student mastery of political science in addition to a variety of allied subjects to enhance understanding of the global and domestic contexts of politics. With political science as its core focus, the curriculum includes relevant courses from a number of disciplines, including justice studies, global studies, pre-law, environmental studies, gender studies, communication, economics, history, philosophy, and public health, among others. By merging different types of knowledge into one area, our students will gain a better understanding of power relations, political activity and behavior.

At Westminster's Political Science program, our interdisciplinary curriculum allows you to focus on a wide variety of subjects, both in domestic and global politics. For example, you can focus on one or more of the following topics and issue areas:

  • The study of power relations, politics, and policy at different levels, including the local, national, international, regional and global levels, both within and between different sectors, ranging from governmental to intergovernmental, nongovernmental, and private sectors.
  • The study of political institutions, political culture, political ideologies, and political behavior, including in the realms of governmental institutions, policy formulation, legislation, political organizations, political parties, political participation, and political education at local, national, and international levels.
  • The comparative study of politics and policy between cities, states, nation-states, regions, regional organizations and international organizations.
  • The study of power relations within and across different fields, such as the state, the economy, the environment, culture and the diverse intersecting social relations of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, (dis)ability, nationality and citizenship/migrant/refugee status, among other categories of identity and diversity.
  • The study of politics in relation to social, environmental and global justice, equity and sustainability.
  • The study of political and global problems as well as the exploration of solutions and alternatives across different fields (such as governance, participation and democracy, education, economics, environment, social, cultural and civilizational diversity, war, conflict, peace and security, health, food, water, energy and other resources, human movement and migration, among others).
  • The study of movements and organizations dedicated to political, social, environmental and global change across different levels, sectors and fields, including local, national, transnational and global movements.

Our Political Science program equips you with a diverse set of theoretical and methodological tools for the study of power relations, politics and policies, both domestically and globally. Students in our programs are exposed to a variety of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, intersectional and international approaches and methods that enable them to engage in the critical and integrative analyses of politics across different levels, fields and sectors.

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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 society organizations
  • Research conduction

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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.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$13,642 ($6,821 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2017–2018)

  • Tuition: $33,040
  • Room: $5,364
  • Board: $3,072

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

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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