The Political Science Program at UW-Platteville enables its majors to improve substantially their understanding of themselves and the world, while educating students to understand and appreciate politics, political thought and governance, and gain essential knowledge of their chosen fields. The department aims to prepare its graduates for employment or advanced study, and to stimulate students in anticipating their future roles as professionals and citizens.


The James C. Klein Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a talented pre-law student. Political science majors and minors are also eligible for a variety of university-wide scholarships as well as scholarships offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Education.

Career Opportunities

Students who major in political science move into a variety of professional careers upon their graduation. Some seek a career in the public sector by becoming administrators of city, state, or federal governments and their affiliated agencies. Some go on to graduate school for a master's degree program in public policy and administration, which practically assures challenging and rewarding positions in management. Others go to law school or develop their careers in the business sector. Foreign service and working for international organizations are other potential career options for political science majors.

Listed below are just a few examples of career possibilities for political science majors:

  • State/Federal Representative
  • Attorney
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Press Office Personnel, U.S. Embassy
  • State Governor's Office, State Operations
  • Political Commentator
  • Chief of Staff, Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst Educator (K-12/College Level)