Courses in the Public Administration major concentration provide you with the necessary academic and technical expertise for professions in the public sector and graduate study in public administration.
Requirements for the Political Science Major - 39 Credits
Political scientists think critically and analytically and apply a broad understanding of the nature of politics to the important questions of our time. A major in Political Science prepares students for graduate education in various fields as well as for careers in government, politics, law, and a wide rang of other professional and managerial positions. The program helps students learn how policies are made and carried out. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in political discourse as informed citizens.
The Department of Political Science offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in the discipline. The department also supports minors in Asian Studies and in Policy and Ethics.
Students majoring in Political Science must choose at least one of the five areas of concentration: American Politics, International Studies, Law, Political Studies, and Public Administration. The internship program, a key element in the department's offerings, features placements of 3-6 credits locally, in Boston, and in other locations across the state, and placements of 3-9 credits in Washington, D.C. (Washington Center internships). The department hosts three active clubs: the Political Science Club, the Law Club, and the International Relations Club. The department also sponsors a local chapter of the national honor society in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha.
* Washington Center internships are offered fore up to 15 credits. Students may apply 6 credits to the major, or 9 credits if they also enroll in a political science course offered by the Washington Center.
Required Major Core (12 credits)
- POLS 0101 - American National Government
- POLS 0206 - Political Analysis
- ENGL 0202 - Composition II: Rhetoric and Research
One of the following political theory courses:
Required Major Concentration (12-18 credits)
12 credits in the student's field of concentration.
18 credits for students pursuing Law, Interdisciplinary Option or International Studies Interdisciplinary Option.
Required Electives (9-15 credits)
15 credits of additional political science coursework.
9 credits of additional Political Science coursework for students pursuring the Law Interdisciplinary Option or International Studies Interdisciplinary Option.
For Selected Topics courses (POLS 0323) to count toward the field of concentration, the courses must be within that field.
Students transferring from another school must complete a minimum of 18 credits in Political Science at Westfield State University.
The Department of Political Science encourages students to participate in internships. Students may apply up to 6 credits of internship toward the 36-credit major, 3 of which may be applied to the field of concentration. Up to 3 credits of internship may be applied toward the 18-credit minor. For details, see the department internship manual in the link or pick up a copy in the department.
Public Administration Concentration - 12 credits
Courses that explore how public policies are made and enforced in the United States and how government agencies and regulatory bodies function (12 credits: choose 4)
- POLS 0103 - State and Local Government
- POLS 0204 - Introduction to Public Administration
- POLS 0205 - Metropolitan Politics
- POLS 0318 - Public Management Skills
- POLS 0320 - Politics of Budget-Making
- POLS 0321 - American Public Policy
- POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science
- POLS 0327 - Administrative Law
- POLS 0397 - Political Science Internship
- POLS 0398 - Washington Internship
- POLS 0399 - Independent Study
- * Additional courses may count with department chair approval.