The Department of Government at UWF offers a Bachelor of Arts with specializations in political science, pre-law and international studies. Students gain a foundation in the principles of government, politics and political leadership, international affairs and civic engagement in communities to which they belong.

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The Department of Government offers students specializations

Program Description

The Department of Government offers a B.A. in Political Science, including a Pre-Law option, a B.A. in International Studies, and an M.A. in Political Science. Students may also acquire minors in the respective areas of studies. 

These liberal arts programs challenge students to think about timeless questions pertaining to the governance of human societies, such as the origin and evolution of law and justice, the workings of political institutions and processes, the exercise of political leadership, the comparative performance of regimes, problems of war and peace and contemporary political issues.


Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Professor

Lawmakers and Constituent Communication

In an ever-evolving digital age, members of the U.S. Congress are increasingly using technology to communicate with their constituents. But are they also using virtual communication as a way to avoid face-to-face interaction with the public?

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, associate dean in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of West Florida and Jessica Hayden, a UWF graduate, address those issues in their book “Congressional Communication in the Digital Age.” Read and listen to more at WUWF. 

Abigail Megginson - Dir. Communications
Abigial Megginson

Student Spotlight

Abigail Megginson is a Honors students, majoring in both Political Science and Journalism here at UWF. She established a Her Campus chapter at UWF in 2016 and recently she has been working with the University on an initiative called Suit Up. We asked her about these initiatives and why she decided to do them. We also asked about her future goals and if she had any advisor for other students looking to be more involved. Check out what she had to say: Student Spotlight

Changing Technology Leads Evolving Cybersecurity Strategy

As technology evolves, so do cybersecurity threats.

Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor of government at the University of West Florida, recently received a GROW Institute grant from the UWF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to begin to look at the implications of technology and security policy.

“My larger area of interest is national security and foreign policy, so naturally cyber-issues have become more and more prominent,” Shively said. Shively said the focus of cybersecurity policy has shifted in the last 15 years. Read more from the Center of Research and Economic Opportunity. 

International Collaboration Looks at European Immigrant Skill Levels

An international research collaboration between the UWF Department of Government and a visiting scholar from the Netherlands is seeking to understand what shapes attitudes toward immigrants in Europe. With Williams’ research specialization in right-wing parties and Chasapopoulos’ background in economics, the pair was able to approach the issue of people’s perceptions of immigrants from different disciplines. 

Chasapopoulos said the issue is one that is playing out across Europe right now and affects millions of people. With that many people coming into Europe, attitudes toward those immigrants have become less welcoming. Read more from the Center of Research and Economic Opportunity.