Gain a deeper understanding of politics, law, and government.

Prepare for a variety of careers and opportunities with a comprehensive political science degree that offers five concentrations to choose from: American Politics, International Studies, Law, Political Studies, and Public Administration. Whether pursuing a political science career in government or law, or wanting to gain a deeper understanding of politics, you’ll broaden your insights, encounter diverse perspectives, and develop the ability to think critically.

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Receive individualized attention and faculty mentorship.

Our expert faculty are here to support you every step of the way through your educational journey. Step into dynamic lectures and lively discussions in small classes that allow you to freely explore new ideas and expand your worldview by examining topics from diverse perspectives. Engage in hands-on learning through a range of internships—both local and in the Washington Center—that provide you an opportunity to test the waters in a career field and gain valuable work experience.

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Get student support from start to finish.

Experience comprehensive support at the Center for Student Success and Engagement. Whether you’re navigating the college transition to earn your political science degree, certificate, or Master of Public Administration degree, seeking academic advice, honing study strategies, or accessing various resources, our dedicated programs are ready to assist you.

Participate in experiential learning and apply it to real-world scenarios.

Westfield State University’s Political Science Department offers courses that connect to various programs throughout the school, providing a more diverse education for all students. You’ll practice real-world skills through Model UN competitions and have the opportunity to intern with elected officials, local governments, law firms, or in Washington D.C. If you are interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps, you can prepare through the only Peace Corps Certificate Program offered by a public university in Massachusetts.

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Please reach out with any questions you have about the Political Science Department. We are happy to connect with you one-on-one.

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Dr. Heather Brown
Chair – Political Science Department
Parenzo 257 E

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