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

2014-15 Departmental Activities

  • February 18, 2015
    The fifth Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable,"Education Reform in the 21st Century,"was presented by Dr. Neil Kraus.
  • December 10, 2014
    Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu presented the fourth Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "Making Sense of North Korea: Mad Brilliance or Brilliant Madness?"
  • November 19,2014
    Sergio Valverde presented the third Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "The 2014 Children's Humanitarian Crisis at our Border."
  • October 28, 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus was interviewed in Blomberg News regarding the importance of voter turnout in Wisconsin's governor race.
  • October 28, 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus gave his perspective on the close gubernatorial races in Minnesota and Wisconsin in a news piece by John Croman and Jay Olstad on KARE 11.
  • October 21, 2014
    Dr. Davida Alperin presented the second Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "Key Races in the 2014 Elections." Joe Draxler, JiYeon Ryu and Morgan Stippel, UWRF students, assisted Dr. Alperin with the presentation and discussion.
  • October 10, 2014
    Dr. Davida Alperin was interviewed on campus regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on no Wisconsin voter ID before Election Day on KMSP-TV
  • September 24, 2014
    Dr. Christopher Simer presented the first in a series of topics for the Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "ISIS: Background of the Terror State."

  • August, 2014 
    Neil Kraus presented a paper and chaired a panel at the 2014 American Political Science Association Annual (APSA) Meeting in Washington, D.C., in August.  In addition, he was nominated to serve on the Executive Council of the APSA's Urban Politics section. 


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