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BA in Political Science

Begin your coursework by completing introductory courses within five subfields in order to be broadly trained in the in the full scope of Political Science.

Minors in Political Science

A minor in political science can be a valuable addition to any major for any student, regardless of their career paths.

Areas of Emphasis

Adding an area of emphasis to your degree will allow you to customize your major, structure your degree plan, and focus your coursework.

Political Science Advising

Our advisors consist of faculty, graduate students, and full-time staff and are well-equipped to assist students in progressing through our program.

Scholarships & Awards

Due to the generosity of alumni, students majoring in Political Science may apply for a variety of scholarships and awards.


A variety of internship and service-learning opportunities exist at the state, national, and international levels.

Study Abroad

Numerous opportunities are offered through WVU, including several specifically designed for Political Science majors.


Get involved in organizations such as Pre-Law Society, Debate Team, Model UN, Young Democrats, and College Republicans.

Looking for someone? View the Faculty and Staff Directory.

In the Spotlight

Our political science majors have varying backgrounds, interests and accomplishments. Learn about their journeys in the Political Science Department via the Student Spotlights below.

My majors are helping provide me with the critical thinking and logic skills necessary to assist me in preparing for law school.

I wanted to expand my understanding of the government and its intricacies, and this program has exceeded my expectations.

After taking the department's mandated policy class, I solidified that I wanted to work in policy... WVU helped me find that path.

Samantha Godbey

Director of Debate/Clinical Faculty

David M. Hauser

Teaching Associate Professor

Erik Herron

Eberly Family Distinguished Professor