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Political Science

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Program description

Political Science

Political Science is the study of how societies govern themselves and interact with one another. Courses of instruction in the Political Science major are offered in the following subfields: American politics, comparative government, international relations, political philosophy, public law, and public administration. Areas of focus include analysis of government structures and processes, citizens' influence on government, policy content, philosophical concepts and traditions, political systems of other states, and resolution of conflicts between nations. By developing critical thinking and analytical skills, the major prepares students for effective participation in the political process, successful careers in the public and private sectors, and further study in law, political science, and public administration.

In 1925, the state legislature passed a law requiring the study of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions by all University of Wyoming students. Political Science 1000 satisfies this requirement, but the requirement can also be satisfied by special examination given periodically by the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Political Science

Admission is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree in any major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum GRE score of 150 in Verbal and 141 in Quantitative. The GRE may be waived if the applicant already possesses a graduate degree. In addition, the LSAT or GMAT may be used in lieu of the GRE, and scores for alternative tests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Foreign students, who are non-native English speakers, must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

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Program content

  • American and Wyoming Government
  • Wyoming Government
  • Issues in Political Science
  • Non-Western Political Cultures
  • Introduction to Comparative Government
  • Current Issues in American Government
  • Politics of State and Local Government
  • Politics of Europe and the European Union
  • Governments and Politics of Latin America
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Parties, Interest Groups and Elections
  • Politics and Media
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Athenian Democracy
  • Politics and the Judicial Process
  • Comparative Political Cultures
  • Government and Politics of Russia and FSU
  • Governments and Politics of the Middle East
  • Model United Nations
  • Voting and Participation in America
  • Political Communication
  • American Political Thought
  • Classics in Environmental Thought
  • Environmental Justice
  • Introduction to Empirical Political Analysis
  • Political Geography
  • Environmental Politics
  • Federal Land Politics
  • Anglo-American Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
  • Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
  • Legal Philosophy
  • European Union
  • Governments and Politics of Asia
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Democratization and Regime Change
  • Inter-American Relations
  • American Foreign Relations
  • International Organizations
  • Sustainable Development and Global Policy
  • International Peace and Conflict
  • Transitional Justice
  • Seminar in Public Administration
  • United States Presidency
  • Presidential Elections
  • Drug War Geopolitics in the Americas
  • Energy Security
  • Survey of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Politics of Natural Resources in Latin America
  • Public Opinion
  • U.S. Congress
  • Internship in Government
  • Washington Semester Program
  • Political Violence
  • Political Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
  • Political Philosophy: Modern
  • Political Philosophy: Contemporary
  • Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Readings in Political Science
  • Workshop in Practical Politics
  • Seminar in Political Philosophy
  • Seminar in Public Law
  • Seminar in American Politics and Institutions
  • Seminar in International Relations
  • Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics
  • Survey of Public Administration
  • American Intergovernmental Relations
  • Organizational Development
  • Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Seminar in Human Security
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Administrative Behavior and Theory of Organization
  • Principles and Processes of Government Budgeting
  • Administrative Regulation
  • Public Administration and Law
  • Ethics In Government
  • Internship in Public Administration
  • Public Policy and Program Management
  • Public Policy Perspectives
  • Public Administration in Literature and Film
  • Graduate Readings
  • Research Methods for Political Science
  • Methods of Political Analysis
  • Empirical Analysis for Public Administration
  • Capstone in Public Management
  • Topics In Political Science
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Internship


Learning Outcomes

We continuously and actively assess the Political Science undergraduate curriculum to ensure that the following learning outcomes are being met for each of our graduates:

  1. Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute governing processes;
  2. Acquire an understanding of the disctinctions among the major subfields of the discipline including: American politics and law; international relations; comparative politics; and political theory;
  3. Develop a knowledge and understanding of citizens' roles within governing processes;
  4. Acquire a knowledge of the theories and analytic skills necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence, and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available;
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

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