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.

The department also works in conjunction with Western Illinois University's Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development for returned Peace Corps volunteers. For more information, please refer to the Peace Corps website.