Political Science


The Political Science Department was established at Western Washington University in 1964 with four faculty and approximately 50 majors.  Today our program has grown to 20 faculty and instructors and over 200 majors.  We offer more than 50 courses in American Politics and Public Policy, Political Theory, International Relations and Comparative Politics.  We are committed to strengthening the research and teaching excellence of the department and continuing our outreach to the community through the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education and other community forums.



The mission of the Political Science Department is to provide programs to our students that foster critical, independent thinking about politics and public life. Courses provide an understanding of political concepts and the organization and function of political systems. Our major programs equip students with the ability to understand political theories and to gain knowledge and experience through written work, lectures, reading, active learning and internships. In addition, the Department plays an important role in the broader arena of civic education in the University, the community and the state.


Your gift to the Political Science Department this year will fund student-faculty research, guest speakers, future travel to conferences, career networking opportunities and most importantly, scholarships.

New Grad Challenge!
Thank you! Generous gifts from new grads have unlocked an additional $3,000 in funds!
$3,000 MATCHED
Top Fundraisers!
The WWU Alumni Association will reward the top five areas that secure the most donors with a bonus of $1,000 each. Congratulations to our winners!
Rank Prize Area of Support Donors
1 $1,000 WWU Volleyball 132
2 $1,000 Ice Hockey 127
3 $1,000 Accounting Department 106
4 $1,000 Men's Rowing 102
5 $1,000 Marketing Program 93
HUB International Bronze Sponsorship
Thank you, HUB International, for supporting our Challenge Pool!
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