College of Letters and Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

Students who enroll in the majors and minors offered by the department of Politics, Government, and Law at UW-Whitewater take a comprehensive course of study. This course of study emerges from the awareness that governmental policy, law, and policy-making are of paramount importance for the lives we lead. The politics, government, and law programs at UW-Whitewater concentrate on providing students with a basic understanding of contemporary government, policy-making, public law and courts, and politics. We have a thriving internship program that provides students with a unique opportunity to blend theory with practice. Internship possibilities include work with a legislator, on the campaign staff of a candidate for public office, in a law office or a court, or in a governmental agency. While most students intern in Wisconsin, there is also a program based in Washington, D.C. through the Washington Center to provide students with opportunities to view the national political process in action. Students should also be aware of the intimate relationship between the political process and the world of business. For those interested, a liberal arts major from our department combined with a professional minor might prove useful.

The Politics, Government, and Law department is home to three majors and one emphasis. The majors include Political Science, Legal Studies, and Public Policy and Administration. It should be noted that Legal Studies and Public Policy and Administration are interdisciplinary majors where students take courses in other colleges and departments as well as courses from our department. The emphasis we offer in Politics, Government, and Law is Political Science Honors. The Politics, Government, and Law department also offers minors in Political Science, Public Administration, and Legal Studies, as well as Paralegal and Lobbying Certificates.

Contact us

Edward Gimbel
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472- 1532
Location: Laurentide Hall 5130

Amy Lindenbaum
Department Assistant
Phone: 262-472-1120
Location: Laurentide Hall 5128

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Mission Statement

Students who enroll in the majors and minors offered by the department of Politics, Government, and Law at UW-Whitewater take a comprehensive course of study. This course of study emerges from the awareness that governmental policy, law, and policy-making are of paramount importance for the lives we lead. The politics, government, and law programs at UW-Whitewater concentrate on providing students with a basic understanding of contemporary government, policy-making, public law and courts, and politics. We have a thriving internship program that provides students with a unique opportunity to blend theory with practice. Internship possibilities include work with a legislator, on the campaign staff of a candidate for public office, in a law office or a court, or in a governmental agency. While most students intern in Wisconsin, there is also a program based in Washington, D.C. through the Washington Center to provide students with opportunities to view the national political process in action. Students should also be aware of the intimate relationship between the political process and the world of business. For those interested, a liberal arts major from our department combined with a professional minor might prove useful.

The Politics, Government, and Law department is home to three majors and one emphasis. The majors include Political Science, Legal Studies, and Public Policy and Administration. It should be noted that Legal Studies and Public Policy and Administration are interdisciplinary majors where students take courses in other colleges and departments as well as courses from our department. The emphasis we offer in Politics, Government, and Law is Political Science Honors. The Politics, Government, and Law department also offers minors in Political Science, Public Administration, and Legal Studies, as well as Paralegal and Lobbying Certificates.

Paul G Adogamhe

Paul G Adogamhe

Professor, Professor (Ss)

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

adogamhp@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5112 |

(262) 472-2634

Larry  Anderson

Larry Anderson

Professor

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

andersol@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5114 |

(262) 472-5265

Jolly  Emrey

Jolly Emrey

Associate Professor

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

emreyj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5104 |

(262) 472-1124

Louis J Fucilla

Louis J Fucilla

Associate Professor

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

fucillal@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5118 |

(262) 472-1115

Edward W Gimbel

Edward W Gimbel

Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Sv)

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

gimbele@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5130 |

(262) 472-1532

Susan M Johnson

Susan M Johnson

Associate Dean (B), Associate Professor

Department(s): College Of Letters & Sciences, POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

johnsons@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 4114 |

(262) 472-4766

Amy J Lindenbaum

Amy J Lindenbaum

Department Assistant

Department(s): History, POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

lindenba@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5221 |

(262) 472-1120

Monica E Lineberger

Monica E Lineberger

Assistant Professor

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

lineberm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5108 |

(262) 472-1214

Eric D Loepp

Eric D Loepp

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning, & Tech Dir

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW, IT Services

loeppe@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5124 |

(262) 472-5287

Xia Li Lollar

Xia Li Lollar

Professor, Professor (Sv)

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

lollarx@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5120 |

(262) 472-1168

Jonah J Ralston

Jonah J Ralston

Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Ss)

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

ralstonj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5122 |

(262) 472-1676

F Peter  Wagner

F Peter Wagner

Associate Professor

Department(s): POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW

wagnerp@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 5116 |

(262) 472-1679

There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to students through the university, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Department of Politics, Government, and Law. To make life a little easier, all of the university's scholarship applications and requirement listings are available online

  • Dr. John Kozlowicz Scholarship
  • Daniele D. DiPiazza Political Science Scholarship
  • The Paul A. Miller Family Endowed Scholarship in Political Science
  • Johnson-Richter Political Science Scholarship
  • John C. Oh Political Science Scholarship
  • Rollins Political Science and Public Service Scholarship
  • Institute for Democracy and Civic Engagement
  • Politics, Government, and Law Department Writing Award

Politics, Government, and Law graduates are prepared to enter graduate and professional schools as well as a wide range of career options, including:

  • Business
  • State, local, and national government
  • International employment
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice
  • Lobbying
  • Teaching
  • Paralegal certificate

International Studies

The interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum strengthens written and oral skills and thereby prepares students for the widest variety of career opportunities. The primary career goal of the international studies major is to provide students interested in either international careers or graduate/ professional training in international affairs with the proper foundation. The globalization of the world economy and the dominance of multinational corporations make the program especially attractive. Students who major in international studies often go into:

  • Law, especially international law and international business law
  • The Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State
  • International business
  • Journalism in international politics or current affairs
  • Foreign language instruction or translation

Paralegal

Career opportunities include attending law school, legal research activities in a law firm or working in a law-related field such as criminal justice or social work. Since it is quite common for many students to work a few years between obtaining their undergraduate degree and attending law school, the legal studies minor and the paralegal certificate provide employment entry into law firms for a variety of legal responsibilities such as legal research, legal writing, document and other preparation for court cases, and assisting the resolution of legal problems.

Public Policy

Depending on the concentration students choose, the public policy and administration major prepares them for careers in the administrative, legislative or judicial branches of local, state and national governments; business organizations, such as public utilities or defense contractors, which work closely with government; hospitals, charitable organizations and other non-profit organizations; and for law school or graduate school admission.

What is undergraduate research in political science?

Undergraduate research involves a non-classroom, in-depth research project, conducted by an undergraduate student, done with the supervision of a faculty mentor.

There are numerous opportunities within the department of political science to conduct undergraduate research. This provides an opportunity to work on an issue, question, country, or case in a great deal of detail. In addition, conducting undergraduate research allows a student to work more closely in a collaborative and mentoring context with a professor. It is an opportunity that provides skills that a student can use regardless of their future career or educational path.

On top of the academic and collaborative benefits that come from undergraduate research there are tangible benefits, as well. The university can provide grants that support the research, stipends to support students over the summer, and numerous opportunities to present the results of the research. The department provides willing mentors who can ably guide students in their undergraduate research experience. In addition, the department is working on developing a scholarship geared toward participants in undergraduate research.

What sorts of undergraduate research projects have political science students completed?

Lots! Here's a short list of some of the topics that have been covered:

  • The Electoral College
  • Interest groups in state politics
  • Comparative State Budget Crises
  • Women in the West Wing
  • The Role of Ideology in Foreign Policy
  • Media Coverage of Politicians

Where can I learn more about undergraduate research?

Start at UW-Whitewater's Undergraduate Research program homepage. Here, you will find a great deal of information on deadlines, grants, and other opportunities related to undergraduate research.

In addition, you also might have a look at the homepage of the National Conferences of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR holds an annual undergraduate research conference at which UWW students are well represented.

Finally, have a look at a list of the faculty on the political science website. Perhaps one of them shares a research interest with you. Or you might simply talk to a professor with whom you share a research interest. You might learn something, develop skills that you can use in the future, or decide that you, too, would like to be a political scientist!

A judge speaks to a class in Hyland Hall.
Legal Studies Major/Emphasis, Minor
Legal Studies

Do you see law school in your future? Do you want a pre-law degree that will prepare you for the journey? With a degree in legal studies, students will delve into coursework on public law, business law, political Institutions, ethics, public policy, and research, and gain valuable information about our country's legal system, as well as international legal policies.

Wisconsin State Capitol building.
Political Science Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Bachelor's
Political Science

Be part of the next generation of citizens equipped with knowledge of the law, politics and current affairs in world events. Gain understanding of political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, and processes. A background in political science can lead to careers in government, law, public service, or business.

Two people talk in a room with dark woodwork and American flags.
Public Policy and Administration Major/Emphasis
Public Policy and Administration

Analyze community problems and influence lawmaking at the local, state and federal levels. Students in this major will gain a foundation in business, economics and political science, and be able to specialize in concentrations of: criminal justice and legal affairs, management and personnel, public policy and community development.

Major/Emphasis, Minor
Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Bachelor's

Be part of the next generation of citizens equipped with knowledge of the law, politics and current affairs in world events. Gain understanding of political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, and processes. A background in political science can lead to careers in government, law, public service, or business.

Major/Emphasis

Analyze community problems and influence lawmaking at the local, state and federal levels. Students in this major will gain a foundation in business, economics and political science, and be able to specialize in concentrations of: criminal justice and legal affairs, management and personnel, public policy and community development.