What will I learn?

Political Science is the study of how societies govern themselves and interact with one another. Courses of instruction in the Department of Political Science are offered in the following subfields: American politics, comparative government, international relations, political philosophy, public law, and public administration. Areas of focus include analysis of government structures and processes, citizens' influence on government, policy content, philosophical concepts and traditions, political systems of other nations, and resolution of conflicts between nations. Our goals are to help students better understand political processes, and to develop the critical thinking and analytic skills necessary for: effective participation in the political process, successful careers in the public and private sectors, and further study in law, political science, and public administration.

In 1925, the state legislature passed a law requiring the study of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions by all University of Wyoming students. Political Science 1000 satisfies this requirement, but the requirement can also be satisfied by special examination given periodically by the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies.

Learning Outcomes

We continuously and actively assess the Political Science undergraduate curriculum to ensure that the following learning outcomes are being met for each of our graduates:

  • Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute governing processes;
  • Acquire an understanding of the distinctions among the major subfields of the discipline including: American politics and law, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory;
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of citizens' roles within governing processes;
  • Acquire a knowledge of the theories and analytic skills necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence, and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$19,170.00 (14,22,107) per year
Tuition amount is based on USD $639 per credit hour (actual tuition will vary based on the actual credit hours enrolled)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 April 2022, 1 June 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1000 E. University Ave, Dept. 3254,



82071, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have completion of high school transcript.

English scores: Min. score 71 for iBT/ 6.0 IELTS / 51 Duolingo.


Fall semester (mid-August) - All application materials must be received by June 1.

Spring semester (early January) - All application materials must be received by November 1.

Summer semester (early May) - All application materials must be received by April 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming offers outstanding, research-led learning opportunities and a classic American cultural experience.

  • Located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains landscape
  • Diverse student body from over 90 countries worldwide
  • Low student to faculty ratio and small classroom sizes
  • Over 200 programs of study to choose from