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Explore the political science - legal studies emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's political science - legal studies emphasis bachelor's degree is designed for those interested in gaining a foundation in political science and pursuing law school or graduate school. Housed in the rigorous political science department, the program will encourage you to explore topics in American politics, government, judicial politics and so much more.

The legal studies degree takes an interdisciplinary approach, allowing you to choose complementary courses that interest you and further your career goals. Take courses in history, economics, philosophy, communication and anthropology. Through unique projects and group discussions, you'll learn about lawmaking, how politics affect our media and even film, public administration and countless other facets of political science. Curriculum is designed to keep classes small, encouraging thoughtful conversations, with classes taught by expert faculty who are passionate about legal studies and creating a personalized education. 

While pursuing your degree, you'll have countless opportunities to expand upon your education. Study abroad and immersion experiences give you the chance to study the world and its politics outside the classroom. Internships can help you network while creating an impressive resume. Or maybe you'll work with a faculty member on a groundbreaking research project that sparks your interest.

No matter how you choose to design your degree and build upon it, we are here to help. Our comprehensive, experiential education will leave you well-prepared for the future and all the success you'll find in it. 

A history class that LeeAnn Przybylski took while studying abroad in England helped her find her passion for international politics.

Diving into legal studies, one class and internship at a time

While studying abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, LeeAnn Przybylski discovered a love of international politics. Realizing that political science was a lifelong passion, she changed her major to legal studies. And it wasn't long before she found professors and curriculum within the political science department that she loved.

“I have had so many wonderful professors and advisors at UW-Eau Claire,” she said. “I’m forever grateful for them. The political science department is so welcoming and every course I took I thoroughly enjoyed both the content and the professor.” 

LeeAnn’s love of legal studies has only been reaffirmed since completing three internships during her time at UW-Eau Claire. Working as a government intern, workforce development intern and legal intern, she gained skills in public speaking and communication in addition to real-world, professional experience. She also discovered her dream career. After spending time interning at a local law firm that focuses on family law, LeAnn realized what legal specialty she wanted to pursue.

She is now proudly attending law school with the goal of practicing family law — a journey that all started at UW-Eau Claire. 

Why political science - legal studies emphasis at UW-Eau Claire?

Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire is home to three incredible resource centers — the Center for Global Politics, the Political Research Institute and the Center for Constitutional Studies — each with the goal of supporting you as you work toward your degree. The Center for Constitutional Studies, for example, is a nonpartisan organization that promotes research, education and community outreach on matters related to the Wisconsin Constitution and the United States Constitution.

Unique internship opportunities. An advanced internship program within the political science department offers opportunities for on-the-job experience in an executive or legislative office, a nongovernmental agency, an Eau Claire city or county office, a political campaign for president, Congress, city council or with interest groups. Not only do internships provide you with real-world learning and valuable connections — but you'll also earn up to six college credits.

Research collaboration and real-world experience. Limitless research opportunities await you at UW-Eau Claire. The political science department's student-faculty research program has given students a chance to work on projects studying topics like cyberbullying, digital teen dating violence, and globalization and Islam. This strong education and valuable out-of-classroom experience has helped the political science department produce four Fulbright Award winners — and you could be next!

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Non-Profit and Government Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

Relevant student organizations. As a legal studies major, you'll have access to valuable and fun student organizations that can help take your learning to the next level. Many legal studies students find interest in the Pre-Law Club, an organization that sponsors speakers from various law-related occupations, organizes trips to law schools and law school fairs, and provides practice tests for the Law School Admission Test.

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Quick facts

Political science - legal studies emphasis program details:
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • This program is also available as a certificate. 
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Pre-Law Club
  • Mock Trial Team
  • The Society of Politics
  • Model United Nations Club (MUNC)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

What can I do with a political science - legal studies emphasis degree from UWEC?

Many of our graduates go on to pursue law school or graduate school, becoming attorneys, government employees, political analysts and more. 

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Political science - legal studies emphasis bachelor's degree program curriculum

Grounded in a strong foundation of political science, the legal studies degree will help you become more than well-prepared for law school or graduate school. Coursework throughout the program will help you gain thorough and critical knowledge of U.S. constitutional studies, political analysis and American national politics.

What classes do political science - legal studies emphasis majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the comprehensive political science - legal studies emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.  

Learn more about the legal studies certificate in the UWEC course catalog

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