College of Arts and Sciences

Program Description 

The Department of Political Science at Western Illinois University offers an intensive program of study and guided research to qualified applicants holding the bachelor's degree. The M.A. degree in political science may be earned in any one of the following areas of specialization: a) American government; b) comparative politics and international relations; c) public administration and public policy.

The curriculum is designed to provide graduate students with a broad and solid foundation in political science suitable for careers in teaching, research, government work, public service, community development, and continued study at the Ph.D. level.

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Several of our graduate students are participants in the Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development, where returned Peace Corps Volunteers serve an 11-month internship in a rural community providing hands-on assistance and leadership on local projects.