Why Study Political Science at Westminster?
- Discover the answers to “big questions”—the nature of a good life, causes of war and terrorism, characteristics of a just society, prospects for peace, and how political leaders wield power, meet challenges, and achieve noble purposes.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of politics and human behavior.
- Learn about politics and government in small classes from experienced and dedicated professors who are considered experts in their field and who know you and take pride in mentoring you to success.
- Enhance reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Westminster offers 25 courses in political science (more than many schools twice its size). What sets the program apart is that after you take a set of introductory courses, you can choose one of three tracks, depending on your interests and career aspirations. If you are interested in law, you can select the pre-law track and get a political science major by completing our new pre-law minor. If you are interested in political campaigns or political reporting, you can pick the practical politics track. Or if you want to attend graduate school or explore the whole political science discipline, you can choose the general track.
Political Psychology, Religion and Politics, Political Communication, Environmental Politics and Policy, and American Jurisprudence
Majors are strongly encouraged to do internships such as legislative internships at the nearby State Capitol, study abroad or in Washington, D.C., work on political campaigns, write for the campus political magazine The Alati, and get involved with College Democrats or College Republicans. The department also sponsors a chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for student studying politics and government, which offers an opportunity to interact and talk politics outside the classroom. All political science majors have the opportunity to join Pi Alpha Delta, the international law fraternity.
- Attorneys such as Jim Bennett who has a St. Louis law firm and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Approximately 40 percent of our students go to law schools such as Yale, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Missouri, and Washington University.
- Political leaders such as Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons.
- Political staff such as Ryan Dillon, Executive Assistant to U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton.
- Governmental affairs consultants such as Drue Duncan with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
- Staff for government agencies such as Alicia Haley, analyst for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.
- Other fields (stockbrokers, bankers, managers, and entrepreneurs) such as Dr. Heather Meggers Wright, noted clinical psychologist.
Quote from Student
“As a political science major, I received a great background in the great political thinkers throughout history and how those ideas applied to current issues. I continue to use the critical thinking and ideas I learned from Dr. Langon in my legal practice and as a citizen to this day.”---Jim Bennett, ’92.
For more information, contact Dr. John Langton, Chair and Pre-Law Advisor (573-592-5295)