Political science is the academic discipline that attempts to understand and explain politics and government. Political science coursework offers
Political science addresses fundamental questions about the way we select and oversee our political leaders, how we manage problems of governance and administration and how we collectively deal with problems of inequality and conflict.
The 15 faculty members in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University are accomplished scholars and teachers. Their expertise includes American politics, comparative politics and political theory. The Department of Political Science has a reputation for its outstanding teaching. Several faculty members have received college and University-wide teaching awards.
At the undergraduate level, the department offers a standard major and minor, and a number of specialized concentrations within the major. Students, with the help of a departmental faculty advisor, can arrange a program that fits their specific interests and career objectives.
The political science department offers three graduate degrees: