Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
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.
- 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.
Liberal Education Courses
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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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.
- International and global affairs
- Political activism
- Education, academia, and research
- Mass communication
- Legislation and policy building
The program can also be taken as a minor, which is useful for students interested in careers in public service, business, civil society organizations, law, global affairs, education, and mass communication.
Tuition and Aid
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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.
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.Check Out Scholarships