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Political Science

University of Wyoming
Bachelor's degree
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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 Program at the School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies 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 nations, and resolution of conflicts between nations.

Our goals are to help students better understand political processes and to develop the critical thinking and analytic skills necessary 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.

Program content

Majoring in Political Science

  • American & Wyoming Government
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Non-Western Political Cultures
  • Introduction to Comparative Government
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • American Political Thought

Minoring in Political Science

  • American Politics (APOL)
  • International Relations & Comparative Government (IRCG)
  • Political Theory (POTH)
  • Public Law (PBLW)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Student learning objectives:

  • Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute governing processes.
  • Acquire an understanding of the distinctions among the major subfields of the discipline including American politics, public law, international relations and comparative politics, political theory.
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of citizens' roles within governing processes.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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University of Wyoming

1000E University Avenue
82071 Laramie

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