Why study Political Science at Washburn?

There is no better place to study political science than a state capitol. Washburn’s proximity to state government is idea for real world experience through internships, shadowing opportunities, and beyond. Because of the broad range of course work and skill-building, from critical thinking and analysis to research methods and strategies, this degree will prepare you for a career as a civic professional, or for advanced study in a range of fields.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $126,930 depending on degreeon campus

What is Political Science?

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.

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What sets Political Science at Washburn apart?

  • Washburn Political Science students are sought out for internships and other opportunities because of their knowledge and skill.
  • Experiential courses – from the Iowa Caucus to the UK’s House of Lords – will give you a real-world look at politics at work.
  • Scholarships are available for incoming and returning students.
  • Study abroad with the department to explore government structure, comparative politics, and more. International study-specific scholarships are available through Washburn and the department.
  • Complete original research with faculty mentors, and present your research at international, national, or regional conferences.

A required curriculum of twenty-five (25 ) credit hours consisting of:
  • PO106 The Government of the United States 
  • PO 107 Kansas and the U.S. State and Local Government 
  • PO 225 Introduction to International Politics 
  • PO 235 Introduction to Comparative Politics 
  • PO 308 Federalism and Public Policies 
  • PO 325 Advanced International Politics 
  • PO 335 Advanced Comparative Politics 
  • PO 390 Applied Political Research 
  • PO 450 Senior Seminar

A further nine (9) credit hours from the following upper division courses:

  • PO 371 Topics in American Politics and Government 
  • PO 372 Topics in Comparative Politics 
  • PO 373 Topics in International Relations 
  • PO 374 Topics in Public Administration 
  • PO 396 Topics in Applied Research 
  • PO 397 Advanced Applied Research

Degree Requirements (PDF)

A minor consists of no less than 15 hours. Students must take PO 106, PO 107, and select 9 hours of additional courses 6 of which must be from upper division courses. Students must have a grade of C or better in each course applied to the minor.

A student cannot major in either political science or public administration and receive a minor in the other area.

Political Science success story Angel Romero

Sometimes, your first choice isn’t the best fit. Alumnus Angel Romero figured out that when he didn’t get into the school he wanted to on the East Coast. Then a high school senior in Junction City, Kansas, Romero opted for Washburn.

“As luck would have it, I didn’t get into the university I applied to, so let’s give Washburn a try and see how that goes,” he said. “And it ended up being the best decision I ever made.”

Romero shined as an Ichabod, embodying the Washburn Experience in the classroom and in student life. He earned a bachelor of arts in Political Science, then transitioned to the School of Law, receiving a juris doctor degree.

After being heavily involved on campus and in the community while a student, Romero realized his passion was the help people. Today, he works as the vice president for resource development for United Way of Greater Topeka.

“All those things that come into play in my day job about communicating and problem-solving and thinking about community challenges,” he said, “I can trace it back to my experiences I had at Washburn.”

Romero also said Washburn’s small class sizes (60 percent of the courses have 20 or fewer students) are one of the reasons a prospective student should become an Ichabod.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Student/faculty ratio


Common internship sites

City government

Kansas Governor's Office

Kansas Legislature

Non-profit agencies

Complete in four years


GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 215
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1737

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