Political Science Mission Statement

The mission of the Political Science program, in keeping with the missions of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and of Weber State University, is to provide excellent educational experiences for students through classroom instruction, research, public service and community-engaged learning opportunities.

Pursuant to that mission, the program is designed:

  • To provide a solid liberal arts curriculum that informs our students of the issues, authors and content of the principal subfields defining the discipline of political science: American institutions and politics, American national government, constitutional law, international and comparative politics, political theory and public administration.
  • To examine the history and evolution of governance, the relationship of the state to society as a whole as well as to the individual and the fundamental ethical questions arising from relationship of power and politics.
  • To educate life-long informed and engaged citizens who demonstrate the finest ideals of citizenship through participating in civic discourse and sustaining a vibrant democracy.
  • To cultivate the reasoning and analytic abilities as well as the oral and written communication skills which provide the hallmarks of a liberal arts education.
  • To contribute to a deeper understanding of politics through offering students a range of extra- and co-curricular opportunities including internships, community engaged learning projects, individual research and with faculty and participation on academic teams like the Model United Nations or Moot Court teams.
  • To offer an excellent undergraduate education in political science so that Political Science graduates are well prepared to start careers in government, business, non-profits, international non-governmental organizations, journalism, politics, education or to continue their post-graduation education in professional or graduate school.