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Dr. Timothy Rich receives University Research/Creativity Award.Students took a camel-trek in the Sahara on Dr. Kiasatpour's Morocco study abroad program.Emma Shoaf (IA, ’16) Receives Rotary Global Scholarship to Study at University of SussexStudents experienced the Czech republic during a recent study abroad trip with Dr. Murphy.Pinning Ceremony held on 9/30/16 of WKU Distinguished Minority Fellowship recipients include two MPA students-- Ashleigh Barker and Gaines Brown pictured with Dr. Gordon

Dr. Timothy Rich receives University Research/Creativity Award.

Students took a camel-trek in the Sahara on Dr. Kiasatpour's Morocco study abroad program.

Emma Shoaf (IA, ’16) Receives Rotary Global Scholarship to Study at University of Sussex

Students experienced the Czech republic during a recent study abroad trip with Dr. Murphy.

Pinning Ceremony held on 9/30/16 of WKU Distinguished Minority Fellowship recipients include two MPA students-- Ashleigh Barker and Gaines Brown pictured with Dr. Gordon

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Western Kentucky University

Great Opportunities Await You in the WKU Department of Political Science!

The Political Science Department graduates the third highest number of political science/government majors in the state, and is listed in the top twenty of all WKU majors. Political Science majors are some of the brightest and most dynamic students on campus. They gain experience in the international arena through their participation in the model U.N. conferences and study abroad, and are active in mock trial national competitions. Students in our department also intern for congressmen at the state and national level, giving them experience in the political field before they graduate. The Department strives to prepare our students for their choice of post-graduate options, including graduate school, professional school, or the job market.

 Visit our courses page to learn more about the requirements for our different majors and minors offered within the department.

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Secretary of State Visits WKU
Secretary of State Visits WKU

Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Allison Lundergan Grimes, visited WKU on September 13th, 2017.

The Capacity and Constraints of Small MPA Programs: A Survey of Program Director...

Congratulations to Professor Victoria Gordon who had an article published in the Summer issue of the Journal of Public Affairs Education. The article explores challenges faced by small MPA programs.

Emma Shoaf, Internatlonal Affairs '16 Graduate, Receives $40K Rotary Global...
Emma Shoaf, Internatlonal Affairs '16 Graduate, Receives $40K Rotary Global...

Emma Shoaf, Internatlonal Affairs '16 Graduate, Receives $40K Rotary Global Scholarship to pursue an MA in Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Emma also received a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship and worked in Dominican

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