What is Political Science at WVU like?
We offer you a chance to explore the dynamics of control that shape our world, here in America and internationally. What leads people to take political action? Why do political events unfold a certain way? What are the moral and ethical questions that surround politics? These and other vital questions are explored and explained through political theory, using scientific methods to gather evidence to test those theories and learning to create effective communication to share those results.
Political Science is a dynamic part of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.
Students earning a BA in Political Science choose an area of emphasis that allows them to focus on the course work that best suits their interests and professional goals. Whether selecting a career in public service, criminal justice, government, business or international affairs, students graduate with an impressive and adaptable skillset.
Political Science program highlights:
At a Glance
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
American Politics and Policy
Examines questions related to activities of all the branches of government and how public policy is made. Students can specialize in U.S. political institutions, social movements and elections.
- Elections and Campaigns
International Relations, Comparative Politics and National Security
Teaches about the political world beyond the U.S., especially the interactions countries have with each other.
Pre-Law and Legal Studies
Prepares students for law school and other careers involving legal and justice issues.