College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Student Clubs

At Western Washington University there are lots of ways to be engaged in campus life.  In fact WWU is home to more than 200 student clubs!  You can find more information about clubs here.

For students interested in Political Science, there are three campus-based clubs that provide students with wonderful opportunities for engagement in American politics, international relations, and political economy:

 

The International Affairs Association:  Western Washington University’s International Affairs Association (IAA) is a completely student-run association within the Political Science Department. The IAA provides ambitious students with the opportunity to explore contemporary global issues outside of the classroom, to develop personal and professional skills, and to prepare for post-graduate opportunities in graduate school or in a variety of career tracks. Managing the University's award-winning Model United Nations team, the IAA allows for its members to simulate the affairs and procedures of the United Nations by serving as country delegates in mock UN conferences. Between 20 and 30 team members travel to regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada, allowing them to debate global issues from a variety of perspectives, work with students from around the world, and represent Western Washington University at these diverse competitions. Furthermore, WWU IAA organizes a high school Model United Nations conference in the spring, known as Viking Model United Nations (VIKMUN), providing leadership opportunities for association members. This gives high school students a forum to hone their debate skills and exposes them to international issues. Taken together, the IAA is more than the sum of its constituent parts. It is an institution that creates student leaders by empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a global society.  For more information, please feel free to email us with any questions you might have at information@wwuiaa.com.

 

The Political Science Association:  The PSA at Western Washington University strives to create a safe space for students to gather and discuss political issues affecting our country and the world today. The organization also sponsors the annual PSA Student Conference in May.  PSA is an unbiased organization that invites students from all political backgrounds and beliefs to join our meetings and events. For more information about the PSA club and its activities, please visit us on FaceBook or contact us by email at WWUPSA1@gmail.com.

 

The Political Economy Club:  The Political Economy Club is a community of students interested in the subject of political economy.  The goal is to create a space for education and discussion and to enhance the interdisciplinary experience of students interested in the subject.  This student group may be of particular interest to students in the Economics/Political Science and Politics/Philosophy/Economics majors. The Political Economy Club meets on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm in VU 567.  For more information, please visit the PEC on Facebook.

 

Students may also be interested in joining the national Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha.  Founded in 1920, today there are more than 600 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.  For more information about the organization and membership eligibility, please contact WWU Chapter Advisor Professor Vernon Johnson or visit the Pi Sigma Alpha website.