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Political Science, B.A./B.Sc

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The experience Western Carolina University Political Science students gain researching and applying their knowledge to real-world social and political problems on a local, national and global scale prepares them for many professions. Some graduates go on to law school.
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Key facts:

  • A degree in Political Science at the Western Carolina University provides an excellent skill set for journalists or political correspondents, intelligence agents, researchers, foreign service workers and human rights officers.
  • Students examine questions such as why countries go to war and what leads the Supreme Court to its decisions in courses that examine American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory. Students complete an engaged experience with the Model United Nations, study abroad, or an internship. Each semester, faculty and students take part in formal debates on various political issues, and the department offers a series of guest speakers, movies and social events. Campus organizations include the Political Science Club, College Democrats and College Republicans, and students may participate at WCU with a Local Government Training Program and Public Policy Institute. In addition, students are encouraged to conduct and present research, and may be mentored by a WCU alumnus.
  • Political science students may go on to work for law firms, marketing research and consulting firms, politicians or political groups, lobbying firms, news organizations, schools or federal, state and local governments. Previous WCU graduates have worked in government positions at the local and state levels, and in Washington D.C. Many have assisted with political campaigns or worked in business. Some who pursued graduate studies now work as educators and professors for universities and community colleges. In recent years, WCU Political Science graduates have been admitted to law programs at Harvard, Cornell, Georgetown, Duke, Elon, NC Central and the Universities of Tennessee and Florida, among others. They also have been admitted to top-ranked master’s degree in public affairs programs and graduate schools.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Political Science curriculum include:

  • Popular Culture in American Politics
  • American Social and Political Eras
  • Seminar: American Political Systems
  • International Organization 
  • Topics in Contemporary Political Systems 
  • Internship in Political Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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