Political Science and Public Affairs Department

Have you ever wondered why countries go to war? Why people vote the way they do? Whether the Mass Media are truly “biased"? Or why the Supreme Court decides cases the way it does? If so, the study of political science and public affairs may be for you.

When you enroll in our undergraduate and graduate academic programs—the acclaimed MPA Program among them—you won’t find yourself regurgitating lecture information, you’ll be researching and applying your knowledge to real-world social and political problems on a local, national, and global scale.

Our committed and highly respected faculty are dedicated to modeling how to research practical solutions for existing challenges. Because of this, our programs don’t just teach you about government, they open up leadership careers in many different professions to you—careers in public, private, local, or even international arenas.  Many of our students go on to attend law school after they graduate.

We encourage you to get involved through our many special opportunities.Take advantage of the opportunity to work in the Public Policy Institute or get involved with the Political Science Club or one of our other partner programs and organizations such as the Local Government Program Training Program, the Model United Nations, the College Greens, the College Democrats, and the College Republicans.

Come discover more—read about the department, catch up on department news, or contact us with your questions.

Alumni and Friends are encouraged to support our program through contributions of funding, or by serving as a mentor in the Political Science and Public Affairs Mentor Program.


Ready for a career in public service? Check out our acclaimed MPA Program.

Browse our photo gallery and see where your studies can take you.

WCU listed among top public regional universities.

Chris Cooper wins University Scholar Award.

Dr. Michelsen and the zombie invasion in Cullowhee.

Read profile of political science major and WCU volleyball player Abbey Scroggins.

Interview with MPA Graduate Sarah Nuñez.

The Honors College

Public Policy Institute

Local Government Training Program



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