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Political Science
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Political Science

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.


Justin Patchin

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.

Your Gift Supports:

Support the general needs of the political science department with a gift of any amount to the Political Science Advancement Fund, which is used to meet the needs of the department that cannot be met by the state-assisted university operating budget. The fund enables the department to take advantage of opportunities to advance its cause.

The amount in parentheses indicates the annual amount required to meet current obligations.

  • Karl Andresen Scholarship — scholarship(s) to an outstanding senior (or seniors) accepted to law or graduate school ($5,000 total awarded).

  • Gambrell World Politics Scholarship — Support for students attending Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict, and other scholarly conferences ($500).

  • Stipends for faculty mentors working with students on collaborative research projects ($500 per stipend).

  • Internship stipends supporting students working in summer internships at the capitol, either in Madison or Washington D.C. ($500 per stipend).

  • Support to bring speakers to campus to address social science issues ($1,000).
Thank you for considering a gift to benefit the political science department at UW-Eau Claire. For more information, contact Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, department chair, at or 715-836-3641.

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"I believe UW-Eau Claire is such a great school - the educational opportunities of a larger institution with the benefits of a smaller environment."

- Nick, political science major

"This is a chance for us to do some dramatically new and different things in the department that will really open doors for students."

- Geoff Peterson, political science chair