Political Science

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

Overview

In the Political Science program, you’ll examine political institutions and ideologies while personalizing your studies to meet your career goals. The program is a blend of social awareness and problem-driven learning that prepares you for leadership positions in the complex field of politics.

Who It's For

Students in the Political Science program are curious and an independent thinkers that are interested in the analysis of policy, governments, and power relations.

Key Benefits

  • Small class sizes encourage lively discussions with fellow classmates and professors
  • Opportunities to conduct and present undergraduate research independently or in collaboration with faculty members
  • Close relationship with with other programs that allows you to explore problems of equity, sustainability, social justice, and global engagement
  • Access to study abroad and internship opportunities that allow you to connect with peers

About the Program

Program curriculum combines domestic politics with communication and economics courses, among others. By merging these components with political science, you develop the self-awareness and critical-thinking skills that will accompany you through your professional life.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop effective verbal and written communication skills and a set of theoretical tools to convey your point of view.
  • Enhance your global consciousness, sense of social responsibility, and ethical awareness.
  • Analyze politics and policy among local and international bodies considering education, diversity, security, and health.
  • Conduct independent research on political activity and behavior.
  • Cultivate critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills.
  • Prepare for further study in law or graduate school.
  • Improve collaborative problem solving and leadership skills.

Plan of Study

Curriculum allows you to study politics in relation to your personal interests—guiding you towards a meaningful career.


Sample Courses

Humanitarian Politics

This course addresses the historical transformation of laws, politics, and human rights. Students will explore some of the contemporary controversies concerning humanitarian intervention and human security on a global scale.

Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

This course analyzes cases of civil liberty and the decision-making process followed by the Supreme Court. During this course, we review the impact of the Supreme Court’s decisions on the political process of the United States and deconstruct the court as a political institution.

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Career Opportunities

The Political Science program prepares students for the career of their choice. Many students have continued their education in law and graduate schools, while others have gone on to obtain political activism, government, nongovernmental, and nonprofit jobs.

Potential Careers

  • International and global affairs
  • Political activism
  • Education, academia, and research
  • Mass communication
  • Legislation and policy building

Other Political Science Programs

The Political Science program also offers a minor that is useful for students interested in careers in public service, business, civil society organizations, law, global affairs, education, and mass communication.

Learn More About the Political Science Program

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

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

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of 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

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

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, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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