Students studying the science of politics, foreign and public policy, international relations, governmental structures and political parties can focus on one of four concentration areas: comparative politics, international relations, political theory and law, and American politics.
Through close faculty interaction, students develop the skills necessary to conduct political analyses; engage in critical evaluation of political issues, institutions, structures and processes; and understand the role of diversity in various political contexts. A variety of courses, internships and study abroad opportunities enable students to match their personal interests and academic and professional goals while gaining knowledge of human cultures and institutions, fostering a sense of social responsibility and practicing ethical civic leadership.
Integrating classroom theory with hands-on government experience, many students participate in unique internship programs such as the Local Government Management program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the Washington, D.C. semester, which enables students to intern on Capitol Hill, with the White House, major news organizations including Fox and CNN, political parties, interest groups, and the FBI. Students also benefit from local internship and independent study opportunities with the Hagen Center and area prosecutor’s offices.