Political Science

The W&J Political Science Department is located in Old Main.


The Department of Political Science provides students with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in political science or a related field, including academia, government, law, or international affairs.

Students also master a specific core of discipline-based knowledge and an understanding of their civic responsibilities in a global community. The department provides faculty mentoring through academic advisement as well as through career counseling and exposing our students to practical political experience.

A major requires 10 courses and one capstone experience in the form of a directed independent study, a field experience, or a 400-level seminar. The Pre-Law Program also is associated with this department.

Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.



James Benze
James G. Benze, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Zheya Gai
Zheya Gai, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science; Director of International Studies

Buba Misawa, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Joseph DiSarro
Joseph DiSarro, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair of Political Science
Nichole Fifer
Nichole Fifer
Assistant Professor of Political Science


Pre-Professional and Special Programs

Course Requirements