Undergraduate Programs

  • Lobby Day in Lansing

    Political Science undergraduate students discuss legislation in Lansing.

  • Dave Houghton and Ali Tinai, Houghton Award Recipient 2018

    Dr. David Houghton (professor emeritus) and Ali Tinai 

  • Lobby Day in Lansing

    Dr. Denise Keele, WMU professor, enjoys sharing the Lobby Day experience with her students.

  • Capital Interns in Lansing capitol building

    Capital Interns spend time with legislators in Lansing learning the ins and outs of state politics first hand.

  • Dr. Butterfield's class in United Nations Simulation

    In Dr. Jim Butterfield's class, students get to represent a country within the United Nations in a simulation. The class has to work together to create and pass legislation on important issues.

The Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University offers a standard major and minor in political science as well as concentrations in American public policy, public law, international and comparative politics and secondary education. These majors appeal to students with career interests in politics and government, business, education and law.



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Department Honors

Political science majors may add distinction to their undergraduate record by earning Department of Political Science honors.

Special programs

Students regularly participate in special programs such as:

Undergraduate research

Find out about getting credit for undertaking a research project and on campus funding for student research projects.

Establishing a portfolio

A portfolio can demonstrate competency in your field and reflect your skills and experiences.

Textbooks for political science courses

Required and optional textbooks for upcoming political sciences courses are listed in course offerings and at the WMU Bookstore.