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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.

  • 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.