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Political Science and Public Affairs Department



Have you ever wondered why countries go to war? Why people vote the way they do? Whether the Mass Media are truly “biased"? Or why the Supreme Court decides cases the way it does? If so, the study of political science and public affairs may be for you.

When you enroll in our undergraduate and graduate academic programs—the NASPAA accredited MPA Program among them—you won’t find yourself regurgitating lecture information, you’ll be researching and applying your knowledge to real-world social and political problems on a local, national, and global scale. Still not convinced?

Want to know more? Contact our Department Head.

Degree Programs

Choose between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or complement your studies with a minor in political science. These offerings are organized around the traditional sub-fields of political science: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.
Learn more about the major and minor requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program offers courses in fields such as World Languages, Politics, Culture, and Globalization.
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Western’s NASPAA-accredited MPA Program (taught at our Biltmore Park location) is your first stop on the way to a career in public service. The program integrates public affairs theory and practice to improve the managerial, analytical, and communication skills of students.
Discover more about the curriculum and opportunities provided in the MPA program

Additional Information

Students in Political Science and Public Affairs can assist with research can assist with research and policy recommendations through WCU's Public Policy Institute. Take advantage of the opportunity to work in the Public Policy Institute or get involved with the Political Science Club or one of our other partner programs and organizations such as the Local Government Program Training Program, the Model United Nations, the College Democrats, and the College Republicans.

We are fortunate to have three endowed undergraduate scholarships, two graduate scholarships, and many awards that are available to our students.

list of past winners

larger list of special opportunities available to our majors

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