Political science includes the study of individual and group political behavior, governing institutions and public policy. UW-Eau Claire political science majors learn to use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to study issues at the local, national and global levels. Few aspects of life are unaffected by politics, therefore political science is an effective means for a broad preparation for life. The department offers the advantage of small class sizes and personal attention where one-on-one discussions are vital to learning.
Political Science is on the move!
For the first time in 25 years, political science and criminal justice are moving out of the Schneider Social Sciences Hall into their new home in the Hibbard Humanities Hall! With this move, there are numerous opportunities to change the way the department operates, as well as provide unique benefits to our students. And you can be a part of it!
The political science department and criminal justice program have grown dramatically over the last 14 years and have expanded by 50 percent in terms of number of faculty. The number of students in those majors has also increased over the last 10 years from 60 students to more than 400. In order to keep up with the growth of both students and faculty, the department is creating two unique opportunities:
- Political Science Alumni Support Fund: Supports a faculty-student collaborative learning space for political science and criminal justice students.
- The Political Science Study Abroad Scholarship: Funds at least five airline tickets annually for political science and criminal justice students who want to study abroad but are in need of financial assistance.
These new opportunities in the political science department will help future generations of Blugolds thrive as they prepare to enter the world, but we need your support to make them a reality. Click the "Give Now" button to help the political science department provide students with life-changing experiences.
- The political science department has produced four Fulbright award winners.
- A 2012 political science graduate received a prestigious White House internship in Washington, D.C. in spring 2013.
- UW-Eau Claire is a member of the Inter-University consortium for Political and Social Research, which gives the department access to a range of survey and census data.