Political Science is one of the oldest fields of academic inquiry. In an increasingly interdependent world, the study of politics and government flourishes as relations between persons, groups, and nations become more complex. Modern Political Science is equally concerned with questions of freedom and authority as political philosophy and the pursuit of social scientific research.
Western’s Political Science faculty are committed to the belief that understanding politics and government is essential to a well-educated person, vital to democratic citizenship, indispensable to effective public service, and critical to the maintenance and ethical progress of a free society. The Political Science department specializes in four sub-fields: American Politics and Public Policy, Political Theory, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. Faculty have research interests that range from foreign policy, international political systems, race and public policy, elections and representation, environmental politics, and more.
The Department of Political Science also offers the Political Science/Social Studies Major to Secondary Education students who wish to be endorsed in Social Studies. However, the Political Science/Social Studies degree does not require that a student pursue a teaching certificate.