Major Political Science

Majors & Minors

Political Science Degree

Program Overview

The Political Science program at UW-River Falls creates 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.

Highlights of the Political Science Major

  • Get involved with political organizations on campus including the Student Senate.

  • Participate in local, state and national political campaigns.

  • Prepare for law school with a pre-law curriculum.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Identify essential information regarding the operation of the American political system.
  • Define and compare political institutions throughout the world.
  • Identify and analyze political phenomena and interactions in international relations.
  • Describe and analyze the core intellectual traditions in political thought and apply their central tenets.
  • Identify the major theories, concepts, and methods used to explain political attitudes and behavior.

Career Opportunities

Students with a degree in political science can succeed in the public or private sectors. The program also provides students with the knowledge and abilities necessary to excel in graduate and law programs.

Potential Job Titles

  • Market Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Writer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Community Organizer


  • International Institute of Minnesota
  • Local Government
  • Minnesota Legislature
  • Wisconsin Legislature
  • City Government

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The median annual salary
for a political scientist with
an advanced degree is over


(Bureau of Labor Statistics)