What is political science?

Political science is the academic discipline that attempts to understand and explain politics and government. 

political science students

Political science coursework offers:

  • Advanced study of law and social science
  • Careers in public service and business
  • Skills and knowledge in politics and government

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 faculty 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 with several faculty members having received college and University-wide teaching awards.