Why Study Politics and Government at Western?
Whether you are unsure of your political stance or consider yourself to be a democrat, republican, independent, conservative or liberal, the Politics and Government program is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and the development of critical thinking skills that are necessary for a healthy and vibrant democracy.
You will be a part of a small and dedicated community that searches for answers to the large social questions of are time. Join the student led Politics Club where students have decided to take on these questions together and work to bring dynamic debate to campus.
You will benefit from working closely with professors who challenge students to create and find their own political voice. Students are encouraged to think critically about the times we live in and the history that has made our democracy what it is.
Student Perspectives on Studying Politics and Government at Western-
Nelsa Burkett- "I love the Politics and Government major because my classes are small that we can actually have real discussions and debates."
Phil Parlier- "I don't have TA's teaching my classes like at other larger universities- all of my professors are experts and have advanced degrees."
Emily Jackson- "In my Politics and Government classes my opinion actually matters, and I have the ability to speak my mind in class."
This program will prepare you for law school graduate or professional schools, as well as public service at the local, state, national or international level. Graduates have gone onto careers in politics, campaigning, public policy. business, teaching or journalism. We have also had many graduates go to the Peace Corps after graduation.
The program encourages students to engage in internships and service learning to explore future career paths. Such internships have ranged from working in local law offices, working at the state Capitol, and interning in United States Senate offices in Washington, DC.
Law School Preparation
Students interested in the pre-law emphasis will gain law school advising. Traditionally, about 1/3 of our graduates continue on to law school. Professor William Niemi is a LSAC advisor (Law School Admissions Council) and works with students one-on-one to prepare for the LSAT and law school admission. Our students have attended law school at the University of Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, American University, Willamette University among many others. After law school our alumni have pursued careers as environmental lawyers, state legislators, lobbyists and many more diverse careers.
Colorado Statewide Articulation Agreements for Approved Majors: http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html