As centuries-long injustices against black and brown persons continue today, the University remains committed to supporting and educating students, faculty and staff on our mission and values centered on inclusion, diversity and equity. Read more


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Political Science Department

An innovative approach to politics, law and government

Whether you are interested in learning about politics or pursuing a career in government/law, our program gives you the opportunity to find your own voice on contemporary issues that affect the nation and the world.

What makes us great

  • Peace Corps Certificate Program, only one offered by a public university in MA, preparing students for volunteering in the Peace Corps
  • Model United Nations team participating in three Model UN competitions - National Model UN in NYC, Harvard Model UN, and McGill Model UN; our award winning Model UN is generously supported by the University for travel and registration
  • Internships with elected officials, local governments, law firms, and many more
  • Washington Center Internship in Washington D.C.
  • 3+3 Law Program with UMass Law School allowing students to complete a BA and a law degree in six years
  • Master of Public Administration


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Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

Important Documents

Internship Manual


Careers as:

  • Community service leaders
  • International specialists in non-profit and corporate settings
  • Lawyers
  • Legal aides
  • Public policy makers
  • Public sector managers
  • Teachers

Clubs & Organizations

  • Law Club

    The Law Club shall serve students interested in the study of law and enrich their knowledge of the legal discipline.

  • Democratic Club

    To make known and promote the principles of the Democratic Party among students at Westfield State University.

  • Political Science Club

    The primary purpose of the Westfield State Political Science Club is to promote thoughtful conversation.

  • International Relations Club

    The IR Club is one of the most active academic clubs on campus.