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.
There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships available for students seeking a legal studies degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Karl Andresen Scholarship provides a political science or pre-law student who plans to pursue law school or graduate school with a $4,000 scholarship.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your political science degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
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.
- Pre-Law Club
- Mock Trial Team
- The Society of Politics
- Model United Nations Club (MUNC)
- Pi Sigma Alpha
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.
Many of our graduates go on to pursue law school or graduate school, becoming attorneys, government employees, political analysts and more.
Legal studies jobs
- Political analyst
- Law enforcement officer
- Nonprofit advocate
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.
Classes for political science - legal studies emphasis majors may include:
- American National Politics
- Philosophy of Law
- U.S. Constitutional Principles - Powers of Government
- Introduction to World Politics
- Introduction to Political Analysis
- U.S. Constitutional Principles - Civil Liberties
- Contemporary Political Thought
- Ethical Reasoning
- U.S. Constitutional Principles - Due Process and Criminal Law
- U.S. Constitutional Principles - Equality and Privacy
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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