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Political Science
College of the Sciences
Political Science
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Allyson Fogle


Political Science is the study of the forces that govern our world. A student of political science learns how political power is distributed, how governments and government agencies operate, how rules and regulations are made and enforced, and how politics affect every aspect of our lives.


Political science students position themselves for a wide variety of careers ranging from lawyer or social advocate to journalist or research analyst.

Why this program?

At CWU, political science students have access to professors involved in a broad spectrum of political research including international politics, Chicano/Latino studies, Asian geopolitical issues, constitutional law and democratic theory, public opinion, African politics, European political issues, and women’s studies.


Why political science at CWU?

Political science teaches students about governments, public policies and political processes, political systems, and political behavior.

Students gain an understanding of political theory, political ideology, political economy, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy and policy analysis.

Students in political science learn theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society.

Central breaks the discipline into four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Connect with political science at CWU

Political science students acquire analytical skills and tools useful in a variety of careers. Central students have served in a wide variety of internships including the American Civil Liberties Union, Cascade Land Conservancy, Planned Parenthood, The Wilderness Society, and Washington State Legislature.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Central's political science program find jobs in:

Federal Government

State and Local Government



Non-profit Organizations

Legal Profession

Public Relations

Public Administration

Points of Pride

Political science undergraduate Deysi Contreras earned the outstanding presentation award at SOURCE 2016.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee appointed political science student Joseph Knight as student member of the CWU Board of Trustees for 2016-17.

Bang-Soon Yoon, professor of political science, was honored with a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Lecturing/Research Award in Korea, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Our students also have excellent opportunities for networking through a number of student organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the CWU College Republicans, the CWU Feminist Club, and the Public Policy Club.

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