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Why Study Political Science?

Political science is a field situated in a community of responsibly engaged citizens and leaders. UWRF’s political science program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to analyze, interpret and participate in political and government processes, both domestically and abroad.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Successfully communicate with a range of audiences.
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the operation of the American political system.
  • Describe, analyze and apply central tenets of core political thought traditions.
  • Identify major theories, concepts and methods of political attitudes and behavior.
  • Articulate, compare and analyze political institutions, phenomena and interactions throughout the world.
  • Develop and apply leadership skills that translate to all career fields.
  • Cultivate persuasion abilities and learn to argue and defend your position.


Types of Courses

  • American Government and Politics
  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Controversies in Politics
  • Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy and Ideology
  • Introduction to Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Research Methods

“The professors in this program are some of the kindest and most intelligent people I have ever met. They have all helped me become more knowledgeable and I'm determined to use that knowledge to help others throughout my upcoming career. I couldn’t feel more prepared to enter political work. I am confident that my studies here have prepared me to make long-lasting, positive change.”

– Corri Gardner, political science major

Potential Careers

Political science graduates are prepared for careers in both the public and private sectors. Many choose to attend graduate school and law school is a popular choice among political science majors. Examples of future roles include:

  • Community Organizer
  • Legislative Aide or Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy or Market Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Writer, Commentator or Media Specialist