The Political Science program provides a broad education in the field and is particularly strong in local, state, national, and international politics.

For information about the major, review the WOU Catalog and 4-year plan .
For information about the Political Science minor, review the WOU Catalog and 4-year plan.
For information about the General Education requirements, information is available at .


Faculty: Mark Henkels, Mary Pettenger, Eliot Dickinson, Earlene Camarillo


To serve students through teaching and mentoring, serve society through research, public outreach and activities, and serve the
university through collegial participation in all aspects of the community.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain key concepts in politics and public service.
  2. Apply analytical and theoretical approaches to political problems.
  3. Demonstrate political and bureaucratic expertise through research, public outreach, advocacy, and leadership.
    Sharyne Ryals, Administrative Assistant

    Division of Social Sciences 

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