Meet a few of our alumni

Here at Western Oregon University, we value students’ opinions, and we have found the best way to accurately describe the WOU experience is through student voices. Below you will find some student and alumni testimonials about their time in the Politics, Policy and Administration Department at WOU.

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cameron_wolfCameron Wolf ’07 tiffany_smTiffany Partridge ’12 ethan_sm  Ethan Choi ’04
“As a military officer, my education in political science has helped to make me a better leader by giving me the tools to better understand the world around me.” “Model United Nations…was a wonderful experience both educationally, as well as getting involved on a more personal level with other students from both WOU and other universities.” “I valued WOU because of the small campus environment, approachable professors, and the variety of extracurricular activities available on campus. I was an active participant in WOU’s Model United Nations…”
derek_smDerek Olson ’11 erin_smErin Focher ’12 anthony_smAnthony Medina ’14
“Growing up in a small rural town gave me a strong incentive to learn more about the world. WOU’s political science program and staff helped to encourage my budding curiosity about the world and with that encouragement I studied abroad for a semester in my junior year.” “I enjoyed how personal my learning experience was within the public policy and administration major and all that goes along with that; the small class sizes, the more intimate professor involvement in students’ academic careers and the wide variety of knowledge that PPA encompasses.” “I grew up in a small rural farm-working town that was predominantly Latino. I, along with many of my other classmates, were first in our families to go to college. Through the PPA program at Western I have been able to grow personally and professionally.”
Tayleranne Gillespie ’13 Lindsay Bauman ’13lindsay_sm
“I was immediately drawn to Western Oregon University because the campus felt like home to me. I declared my major before I even started my first term, and I never changed my mind.” “I think the public policy program at WOU is really great and I learned so much. I think the opportunities I have gotten are a direct result of my education…”
Sharyne Ryals, Administrative Assistant

Division of Social Sciences 

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