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Department of Political Science

Dr. Timothy Rich receives University Research/Creativity Award.Students took a camel-trek in the Sahara on Dr. Kiasatpour's Morocco study abroad program.Zach Jones, WIlliam Berry, Austin Hatfield and Jody Dahmer represented the WKU College Youth in Government chapter at the 2nd Annual Washington Legislative Advocacy Summit (WLAS) hosted by the National YMCA College Youth In Government Program.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

Dr. Timothy Rich receives University Research/Creativity Award.

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

Zach Jones, WIlliam Berry, Austin Hatfield and Jody Dahmer represented the WKU College Youth in Government chapter at the 2nd Annual Washington Legislative Advocacy Summit (WLAS) hosted by the National YMCA College Youth In Government Program.

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

"Enter to Learn...Depart to Serve"

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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Stella Treumann and Dr. Rich co-authored, "Would Taiwan Accept Syrian Refug...

Stella Treumann, an international affairs major from Germany, and Dr. Timothy Rich co-authored an article on Taiwanese perceptions of Syrian refugees. Treumann conducted an experimental web survey... https://sentinel.tw/taiwan-syria-refugees/

Dr. Timothy Rich receives the University Research/Creativity Award
Dr. Timothy Rich receives the University Research/Creativity Award

Rich received the University Research/Creativity Award at the 2016 Presentation of Faculty Awards for his scholarly contributions to East Asian politics.

Barrett Greenwell presented at the Pi Sigma Alpha Research Conference
Barrett Greenwell presented at the Pi Sigma Alpha Research Conference

Political Science Student, Barrett Greenwell, presented his thesis research at the Pi Sigma Alpha Conference.

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