Department Mission 

The primary mission of the Political Science Program is to create a community of responsible and engaged citizens and leaders by providing the intellectual skills and substantive knowledge necessary to analyze, interpret, and participate in domestic and international political and governmental processes. The Program also provides students with the knowledge and abilities necessary to excel in graduate and law programs, and transferable skills that graduates can use to succeed in the public and private sectors. The faculty provide expertise on international, national, and local political issues, and ongoing philosophical discussions concerning politics and government.

Important Dates

2013-14 Departmental Activities

  • April 28, 2014 
    Wes Chapin was re-elected as Phi Kappa Phi chair for 2013-14.
  • March/May 2014
    Wes Chapin is leading 27 students to Europe to study German politics.  They will visit Berlin, Cologne, Munich, and Berchtesgaden, including visits to the German Bundestag in the Reichstag building, the German historical museum, and more.
  • April 3-6, 2014
    Connie Simpson, Wes Chapin and the Global Politics Club (Andrew Harrison, President and Matthew Stewart, Vice-President) are organizing the annual Arrowhead Model United Nationslink conference at UW-River Falls.

  •  March 27, 2014
    The Political Science Department collaborated with the Year of Germany Committee to present a program on Max Weber and Hannah Arendt.  The event featured a talk on Max Weber by Carleton College's Dr. Paul Petzschmann, a Q & A session with Dr. Petzschmann and Dr. Maloney of UWRF, and a screening of the 2013 film Hannah Arendt. The DVD of the film was then turned over to the UWRF library so that students may borrow the film for many years to come. 
  • February 26, 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus interviewed with reporter Chris Egert to discuss the political implications of  President Obama's visit to St. Paul's Union Depot on 5 Eyewitness News
  • January 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus assumed the duties of Department Chair of Political Science.
  • December 9, 2013
    Dr. Wes Chapin was a participant in a panel discussion, "The Successes and Challenges of Developing and Enhancing the Academic College," River Falls, WI.
  • 2013-14
    Dr. Wes Chapin is serving as the President of the UWRF Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • 2013-2014
    Dr. Wes Chapin is serving as the Vice-President of the Arrowhead Model United Nations Association.
  • November, 2013
    Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu has two book reviews forthcoming in the Asian Studies Review and in the Journal of Asian Studies.
  • October 2013
    Dr. Neil Kraus recently completed Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics, University of Michigan Press.  His  book was available October 28, 2013.  Dr. Kraus presents case studies of two Midwestern cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Gary, Indiana. More
  • October 17, 2013
    Wes Chapin moderated a panel discussion, "Three German Intellectural Linked to the Nazi Movement,"  as part of the UWRF'S "Year of Germany" activities.
  • October 16, 2013
    Dr. Steven Maloney  lead a discussion as part of the Year of Germany initiative. The discussion focused on Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
  • October, 2013
    Wes Chapin began his second term as president of the Wisconsin Political Science Association.
  • October 11, 2013
    Wes Chapin presented two papers at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association meeting, "The Global Financial Crisis and its Social, Cultural, and Political Consequences (Ripon College): "Study Abroad: Considerations for Organizing and Leading Education Abroad Experiences," and "The State Building Exercise: Revised."  Dr. Chapin also chaired two panels:  "Study Abroad, Education Abroad," and "Experiential and Online Learning."
  • October 11, 2013
    Erick Highum chaired a panel at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association meeting, "The Global Financial Crisis and its Social, Cultural, and Political Consequences (Ripon College): "Undergraduate Presentations."
  • September 4, 2013
    Wes Chapin represented a poster display, "The German Parliament and the 2013 German Budestag Elections, " at the Oktoberfest Celebration, as part of the UWRF's Year of Germany" activities.

  • September, 2013
    Dr. Wes Chapin became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. Dr. Davida Alperin took on the duties of Department Chair for Fall 2013.

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Political Science Department
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Neil Kraus, Chair
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