Political Science

Western Michigan University offers a standard major and minor in political science as well as concentrations in American public policy, public law and international and comparative politics. These majors may appeal to you if you have a career interest in politics and government, business, education or law.

Beyond the classroom

As a political science student at WMU, you will have the opportunity to participate regularly in special programs and student organizations such as Mock Trial, the Pre-Law Society, College Republicans and College Democrats. WMU’s Institute of Government and Politics plans lectures and events that may also be of interest to you.

You are urged to gain valuable, hands-on experience by interning in an office where people practice politics, policymaking, law or international development. Opportunities are available in southwest Michigan, Lansing, Washington, D.C., and even internationally. The Capital Intern Program provides transportation for selected students to work in Lansing during the spring semester.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in political science are working as:

  • Politicians
  • Teachers and professors
  • Lawyers
  • Legislative aides
  • Legislative correspondents
  • Presidents, vice presidents and directors
  • Ambassadors
  • Researchers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Law firms
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Government agencies
  • Environmental groups
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and health care systems
  • Private corporations

Some students continue their education in graduate or professional schools, earning advanced degrees in political science, policy analysis, public administration, law or business. WMU offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science as well as a master’s degree in international development administration through the Department of Political Science. We also offer an MPA through the School of Public Affairs and Administration and an MBA through the Haworth College of Business.

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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