The mission of the Political Science degree program is to prepare students for lives of engaged citizenship, whether in public service, the legal profession, education, social science, and/or civic leadership. We do this by educating students in the fundamentals of politics in the United States and around the world, as well as the enduring ideas of political philosophy. We seek to graduate students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experiences they need to make a difference in their communities and the world.
ABOUT POLITICAL SCIENCE
The political science program at Wingate is unique in that we are a teaching school. That means our faculty’s highest priority is having you participate in the best education for your career path.
Whether it’s Dr. Krajewska researching for a book on immigration, Dr. Ellis lending his expertise on a student project about Baltic revolutions, Dr. Kaufman giving a talk on Civic Education in a Fake News Era, or Dr. Wobig working with Wingate's award-winning Model UN program, our faculty members’ endeavors are all aimed at gaining in-depth, current knowledge in their focus areas. Of course, the ultimate goal behind all of this is providing you with an excellent political science education.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
We want to see you succeed in the field, so we give you plenty of opportunities for real-life experience. As a political science major, you:
- Gain first-hand insight through internships.
- Get up close and personal with international governments via W’International study abroad programs.
- Have the chance to see international relationships in action in our Model U.N. program.
- Work with faculty on meaningful research projects with real-world implications.
Theoretical Knowledge // Practical Experiences
WU Poli Sci felt like a family to me. I was able to make close connections with my professors and classmates, which made me feel like my presence in class was meaningful. It also granted me access to opportunities that I wouldn’t have had in a larger major, like participating in academic conferences and working 1:1 with professors. Those connections contributed directly to my success after graduation. I have since completed my Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Pittsburgh and am now working as a fundraising consultant from Pittsburgh. I also completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil in 2020.
When I reflect on my time at Wingate University, I am grateful for the friendships I built with professors and fellow students, particularly in the economics and political science departments. The Town of Wingate is a great place to learn about, contribute to, and thrive in community. I lived and worked on my grandfather’s nearby farm between classes, and I joined the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department during my sophomore year. I developed an intense cycle of studying, working on the farm, and responding to emergency calls. For those with open minds and hearts, Wingate University can open unimaginable new worlds of possibilities where faith, knowledge, and service meet.
Ben Davis, 2015 Political Science grad
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My two years at Wingate were fantastic. As a political science major, my professors taught me the necessary skills needed to navigate not only my professional life, but also taught me a lifelong passion for the material that I still seek today. I discovered an interest in political periods and historical periods that have helped me understand the world today. The History and Political Science Dept, gave the skills to get into a graduate history program which culminated in a position in the non-profit sector. Furthermore, the friendships I built with my peers are special and the relationships I built with my former professors are some of my most cherished, both academically and personally!
Dr. Jake Wobig