4+1 Graduate Program with Kalamazoo College

The Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University is pleased to announce the creation of a 4+1 graduate program with the Department of Political Science at Kalamazoo College. As stated in this Cooperative Agreement between Western Michigan University (WMU) and Kalamazoo College (KC), Kalamazoo College students may be able to transfer a maximum of six undergraduate credits (non-entry level) between KC and WMU for application toward a WMU master's degree in political science. Additionally, KC students may also be able to obtain from WMU a maximum of three graduate credits by examination based on advanced level coursework at KC. Combined, students may acquire a maximum of nine credits that can be applied toward a master's degree in political science from WMU.

Course Transfer

Up to six credit hours may be transferred to WMU from KC with the successful completion of any combination of the following courses with a grade of B or better:

POLS 305–International Law and Organization
POLS 310–Women, States, and NGOs
POLS 315–Public Opinion: Race, Class and Gender
POLS 320–Democracy and Democratic Theory
POLS 330–The Politics of the Holocaust
POLS 360–Domination, Liberation, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought
POLS 375–International Political Economy
POLS 380–Drugs, Democracy, and Human Rights
POLS/SEMN 406–Male Violence Against Women
POLS/SEMN 410–From Social Movements to Non-Profits
POLS 490–Contemporary Behavior, Theory and Methodology

To receive up to three credits hours at WMU as graduate level equivalents, students from Kalamazoo College will be required to submit their final writing projects for POLS 593. WMU Department of Political Science faculty will determine the basis for evaluation and the awarding of the credit.


Contact graduate advisor Dr. Priscilla Lambert for more information.