MajorPolitical Science

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science from Wichita State will equip you with useful knowledge in the study of government, public policies and political behavior. The degree is ideal for double majoring in many areas such as pre-law, business, journalism, philosophy and criminal justice—and is excellent preparation for graduate study and a wide range of careers.

Learn how political science is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must first be admitted to Wichita State.

For WSU's admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Local student awarded $32,000 political science scholarship to WSU

As a political science student, you have the opportunity to earn scholarships.

The Political Science Department at Wichita State University has awarded student Daniel Caudill the 2017 Joan Hargrove Political Science Scholarship, a $32,000 award open to incoming freshman who plan to major in political science. 

The scholarship, gifted by TV producer Dean Hargrove, honors the memory of his mother, who worked for Hugo Wall for many years. WSU's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs is named in his honor.


To complete the 33-credit-hour political science major, you'll take 18 credit hours of required courses—from American Politics to Political Data Analysis. You'll also take 15 additional credit hours of political science electives based on your interests and career goals.

A departmental honors track is also available for this major.


Thanks to WSU's extensive network of employer connections, students in every major have opportunities to gain real-world experience—helping them build a resume, make professional connections and land their dream jobs.

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