What Our Graduates Say
"As a politics Major at Willamette, I knew that I was getting a great education. I knew that I was lucky to have such consistently stimulating classes and intelligent, engaging peers. I knew that my professors were dedicated, enthusiastic, kind, and astonishingly accessible. But it wasn't until I started a Ph.D. program at Princeton that I realized how exceptional WU's Politics department is, both for the academic preparation it provides and the community it allows you to be a part of." Matt Hindman, 1998, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University "The curriculum and faculty of the Politics department did a wonderful job not only preparing me for my career, but also helping me critically examine the world around me. That sense of critical examination is a lifelong lesson I will always carry with me. Politics Majors from Willamette are successful in a wide range of fields because they gain the knowledge and tools to do anything they want." Erik Van Hagen, 2000, Legislative Assistant, Oregon State Senator Rick Metsger.
"I am constantly amazed at the number of Willamette graduates who occupy important positions in politics and government, but I really shouldn't be surprised. Willamette has all the elements necessary to prepare people for this type of career: a great politics faculty, a curriculum and academic rigor that challenges students to become critical and creative thinkers, a focus on public service, and a location that maximizes opportunities for involvement in the political process. These elements, when combined with quality students who care about both academics and the world around them, make Willamette one of the best universities in the country for preparing students for a career in politics and government. The scholarly ability of Willamette's faculty is matched by their teaching skills and commitment to students. Willamette's professors are truly dedicated to ensuring that their students succeed in the classroom and beyond, and they are always willing to spend time mentoring and guiding students to reach their fullest potential.” Travis Brouwer, 1999, Field Manager for U.S. Representative Darlene Hooley.
"I feel as though I really learned a lot from being a Politics Major. Not only did I learn factual information about international and national politics but I studied important concepts like justice and community…. Many of my current classmates ask me how I got from politics to social work because superficially they are so different. But I feel that politics applies to EVERYTHING, and especially to individuals working together in a community. All my professors always stressed that what they were teaching applied to everyday life, not just election day. Another thing that was so superior about Willamette's Politics department is the accessibility of the professors. They were always available. I would just swing by and chat with several professors not just about politics but things going on around campus, the previous class period or current events. It never seemed as though they were too busy to help students cultivate their curiosity and their zest for learning.” Caty Haber, MSW Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington.
"The department of politics at Willamette provided me with a great foundation for law school. My politics professors taught me to think critically, express my opinion clearly, and participate in class discussions without hesitation, all necessary assets at law school. The intimate class sizes as well as the sincere interest of the professors in Willamette's Politics department provide an ideal atmosphere to learn. Though law school at Stanford is wonderful, the large class sizes and busy professors quickly renewed my appreciation for the experience I had as a politics major at Willamette. Many of my favorite classes at Willamette were in the Politics department. I loved the way my Politics classes mixed discussions of current social and political events with substantive political theory. The Politics department at Willamette offers classes that provide a wonderful mix of American history and politics, classical political theory, and international political science" Shaila Djurovich, 1997, Stanford Law School, Stanford University.
What National Catalogs Say
"Willamette attracts students who are eager to be onboard as the school shifts into overdrive and makes a run for the big leagues. For many, the school provides a more personal atmosphere than some of the larger universities in the area and is a better-endowed alternative to the smaller private colleges. Indeed, the school might be one of the few in the nation that can successfully maintain a laidback feeling while ratcheting up the intellectual intensity.... Strong offerings in political science and economics and an unusually robust study abroad program help make this small college one of the nation's best-kept secrets.... Future politicos benefit from having the state capitol complex available as a laboratory." The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002. (Ed.) Edward B. Fiske, Naperville. Sourcebooks, 2001, pp. 702-703.
"Willamette University, the oldest University West of the Mississippi, has a reputation for strong academics. With Oregon's seat of government right across the street, it's no surprise that political science is one of the most popular majors." The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2002. (Ed.) Staff of Yale Daily News, NY. St. Martin's Griffin, 2001, p. 753.
"The location of Willamette across the street from the Oregon State Capitol helps account for Willamette's strong political science program and the abundance of internships in state government. Political science is one of the most popular majors." Kaplan Guide to the Best Colleges in the U.S., 2001. NW: Simon and Shuster, 2000, p. 159. "Willamette prides itself on its liberal arts tradition and strives to ensure that each student receives a broad, well-rounded education.... The location of Willamette across the street from the Oregon State Capitol helps account for Willamette's strong political science program and the abundance of internships in state government." Kaplan-Newsweek College Catalog 2002. NY: Simon and Shuster, 2001, p. 1001.