Political Science & Public Administration

Political Science & Public Administration

Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands

Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political behavior using both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine the countries and regions of the world. See APSA for more information.

The department of political science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Public Administration degree.  In addition, the department offers a certificate of non-profit management, and houses limited offerings in geography.

Why Major in Political Science at Washburn?

Political science is the academic discipline that enables its students to understand, analyze, and if you’re willing to do the work, change the way in which law and public policy affects and changes your life, the life of your community, and the world in which you live. 

It is a discipline within something called the liberal arts.  Like the other liberal arts, if you prove to be a capable and interested student, political science will give you the skills to critically assess ideas presented to you, skillfully present your ideas to others, and to use skills of observation and investigation to gain a rational understanding of the seemingly “blooming buzzing confusion” that is the world we inhabit.

Political Science majors Jack Van Dam and John Shively stand in front of the British Palace of Westminster.

Political Science majors Jack Van Dam and John Shively stand in front of the British Palace of Westminster. Van Dam and Shively were in Great Britain as part of their Washburn Transformational Experience projects, which are based on analyzing the 2015 British elections. The two embedded themselves in the campaigns of candidates for parliament from the three major UK parties in the week leading up to the May 7 election.

Read About Their Experience
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