Department of Political Science

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Edward Cohen, Mrs. Mary Pitman (department secretary), Dr. Michael Aleprete, Dr. Shannon Smithey, and Dr. James Rhoads

The program in political science is designed to provide the student with a knowledge of political theory, of the American political system, of the political systems of other areas of the world, and of international politics and institutions.

The political science program prepares students for careers in government service, teaching, law, and related professional and graduate study. It also offers electives in support of major programs in other disciplines.

Students planning subsequent enrollment in law school are advised to consult the pre-law adviser. Special programs in international relations and foreign areas can be arranged for students planning careers in the Foreign Service of the United States, in international organizations, or in education.

Westminster students may enroll in the Washington Semester program of governmental study in Washington, D.C., at American University, or in other approved off-campus programs. Westminster students may make use of internships in law offices or government agencies.

Major/Minor in Political Science

Pre-Law Concentration

Secondary Education Teacher Certification

Political Science Courses

Mock Convention 2011 - 2012


College to Welcome Class of 2018 with Opening Convocation Aug. 21

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Westminster College will welcome the class of 2018 with the traditional Opening Convocation Thursday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

Students Selected for 'Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities'

Westminster College senior mathematics majors Michael Girata and Amanda Kowalczyk were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. The students were recognized for this achievement by Westminster's Student Government Association (SGA) at a reception held in April.

Environmental Science Major Received Ferguson Scholarship

Westminster College senior environmental science major Mara Sawdy received the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship for excellence in environmental science

            The award was presented by the Bartramian Audubon Society at its award ceremony May 12 at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Professors who attended the ceremony with Sawdy included Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Douglas Armstead, assistant professor of physics.

            The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in environmental science who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of environmental science and education.

            Sawdy is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Model United Nations. She also volunteers with the youth group at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church and works for the Regional Trail Corporation as informational staff for the Youghiogheny River Trail.  In recognition of her work on a Peace Studies minor, she has also recently been awarded the Barbara Ostrowski Scholarship.

            After graduation, Sawdy hopes to work with the conservation of endangered animals or with water quality and purification.

Westminster College Announces Regional History Day Winners

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Students from area middle and senior high schools and home schools competed in the regional History Day competition at Westminster College in April.

This year's theme was "Rights and Responsibilities in History." Students investigated the theme through competing in one of five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites.

Regional winners in each category advanced to the state contest, May 12-13, at Millersville University. State winners will advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

The regional winners are:

Junior Individual Paper:

​Westminster College Students and Adviser Attended Iroquois Club Seminar

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Five Westminster College students attended the 34th Iroquois Club economic seminar April 16 in Conneaut Lake.  They were accompanied by their faculty adviser Dr. Daniel Fischmar, professor of economics and business.

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