Political Science

UWF offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Students gain a foundation in liberal arts and social sciences.

Program Description 

One of the oldest fields of study, Political Science, is an integral component of a liberal arts education. Beginning with Plato and Aristotle, through Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, and Mill, to Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton, serious thinkers have pondered at length fundamental questions about justice and political power. Political Science majors learn to inquire about timeless questions pertaining to the governance of human societies, including the origin and evolution of law and justice, the development and operation of political institutions and processes, the comparative performance of regimes, the exercise of political leadership, and problems of war and peace. It is our task to analyze competing theories purporting to throw light on these questions, subjecting them to the test of reason and experience. 

The degree plan in Political Science at The University of West Florida is designed to teach students to do just that. It consists of 39 semester hours in Political Science, including a core of political theory and methods courses and required and elective courses in American, comparative, and international politics. In addition, the student completes another 21 semester hours of electives, which may comprise a minor or emphasis, or include additional courses in Political Science. Students are advised to supplement their political studies with courses in History, Geography, Philosophy, and Economics.

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Nora Trotman, majoring in Political Science and Communication Arts, is pictured with Congressman Steve King (R IA-4) during her internship in Washington, D.C.
Nora Trotman, majoring in Political Science and Communication, is pictured with Congressman Steve King (R IA-4), during her internship in Washington, D.C.

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John C. Pace and Sam Rose Scholar Interns in D.C. 

As both a John C. Pace Scholar and Sam Rose Scholar, Nora Trotman had the opportunity to intern for Congressman Steve King (R IA-4) this past summer on full scholarship. Nora worked four days a week for the Congressman while taking a course on public policy and attending a seminar series in Washington, D.C.

Through this internship, she was able to sit front row to hear Secretary of State John Kerry speak, take notes at Judiciary Committee Hearings and meet Rep. Louie Gohmert and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

"This internship helped me grow as a person and a young professional in so many ways," Trotman said. "I don't think I could ever give the UWF Department of Government and Department of Communication credit enough for preparing me for such a transformative experience. Three years ago I never would have thought I would be living and working in the nation's capital and now I can't wait to go back."

Nora is an honors student dual majoring in Political Science and Communication. She is currently interning with Senator Marco Rubio's Pensacola office and will graduate this May.

UWF students receive scholarship to participate in Florida House Internship in Washington D.C.

University of West Florida students Raymond Matheny and Elizabeth McDonald were recently selected to participate in the Florida House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. this summer, where they will gain valuable experience working in the only state embassy in the nation’s capital, and have opportunities to shadow members of the Florida congressional delegation and more. To make this experience possible, the Northwest Region of the Florida House is providing the students with $6,000.