Career and Leadership Development

Political Science

Political Science prepares individuals for careers in public affairs, teaching, and for advanced study in the social sciences and law. Political scientists may conduct research on such topics as national, state and city government and urban development, parties, interest groups and elections, the legislative, executive and judicial systems, international relations, comparative government and politics and other aspects of the government process.

Emphases within the major:

Political Science (BA/BS)
Political Science Honors (BA/BS)
Political Science Education (BSE)
Social Studies - Broadfield (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Analytical skills, research design and policy analysis
Communication skills
Understanding of politics, political process, government and relationship of government and politics to society and the institutions of society
Legal research

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Campaign Consultant
Correction Officer (372.667-018) or (375.367-010)
Foreign Service Officer (188.177-106)
Government (National, State & Local)
Intelligence Officer (059.267-014)
Journalism (131.267-014)
Law Enforcement Officer (375.263-014)
Legislative Analyst
Lobbyist (165.017-010)
Paralegal (117.267-026)
Police Lieutenant, Community Relations (375.137-018)
Police Officer
Political Officer (188.117-106)
Political Scientist (051.067-010)
Politics and Elective Officer (188.117-106)
Private Business
Public Opinion Pollster
Public Service and Administration - Government (National, State & Local)
Research Assistant (109.267-010)
Teaching (091.227-010)
Urban Planner (199.067-014)
Volunteer Services Specialist

Representative employers that have hired our students:

AFLAC - Brookfield, WI
Ambassador to Norway - Oslo, Norway
Arndt Event Team - Fond du Lac, WI
Badger Meter Corporation - Brown Deer, WI
Camdec - Germantown, WI
Canadian Embassy - Washington, DC
City of Madison - Madison, WI
City of New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
Congressman Paul Ryan - Janesville, WI
Connecticut National Life - Whitewater, WI
Crown Mortgage Co. - Oaklawn, WI
Elm Grove Police Department - Elm Grove, WI
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Wauwatosa, WI
Foley & Lardner - Milwaukee, WI
Forest Pharmaceutical - Green Bay, WI
Generac - Whitewater, WI
GMAC - Brookfield, WI
Gray and End - Milwaukee, WI
Henry Sibbings Law Office - Lake Geneva, WI
Houser & Osborn - Stoughton, WI
Jefferson County Sheriff Dept. - Jefferson, WI
Madrisrano, Rievers, Etc. - Kenosha, WI
Marine Pros II LTD - Whitewater, WI
Nicolet High School - Glendale, WI
Office Depot - Eden Prairie, MN
Rep. Steve Nass - Madison, WI
Robert W. Baird - Milwaukee, WI
Rock, Fusco, and Reynolds - Chicago, IL
Rock County District Attorney - Janesville, WI
Rollins Trucking - Rockford, IL
Senator Drzewiecki - Madison, WI
Senator Herb Kohl - Madison, WI
Siemans Fossil Power Corp - Milwaukee, WI
State of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, DC
United Council - Madison, WI
US Army - Fort Hood, TX
Walworth County Sheriff-s Dept. - Elkhorn, WI
Whyte Hirshe Duck - Menomonee Falls, WI
Wisconsin State Assembly - Madison, WI
WPS - Madison, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Drake University Law School - Des Moines, IA
Georgetown Law School - Washington, DC
Indiana State University - Terre Haute, IN
Loyola Law School - Chicago, IL
Marquette University Law School - Milwaukee, WI
Michigan State Law School - East Lansing, MI
Northern Illinois University Law School - De Kalb, IL
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay - Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
Valparaiso Law School - Valpariaso, IN
William Mitchell Law School - St. Paul, MN

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Political Science Department
Departmental Office, White Hall, Room 305
Phone: (262) 472-1120

Political Science Student Association
Faculty Advisor, White, Room 305
Phone: (262) 472-1120

Note: Check with department on various career options within major. A "Careers in Political Science" handbook is available.

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Avenue
Washington, DC