Political Science Major


Your college years are an exciting time in your life — a time to figure out who you are, what you want to do, and how to get there. You’ll be making a lot of important decisions at UW-Madison that will shape your future. These may be difficult choices, but you are not alone! Your advisors are here to help you learn the skills you need to tackle the big questions.

Our Department has professionals to advise you on: program planning, internship opportunities, study abroad programs, student research interests, transfer and study abroad credits, and more.

Cassie Chulick

Position title: Undergraduate Advisor

Email: cassie.chulick@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2396

303 North Hall

Amy Gangl

Position title: Director of Undergraduate Studies | Teaching Faculty

Email: agangl@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2028

302 North Hall

Rachel Margolies

Position title: Undergraduate Coordinator

Email: rachel.margolies@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-5639

301 North Hall

Peer Mentors

Our PS Peer Advisors are available to discuss internship resources, PS classes, future semesters, Wisconsin in Washington,

double majors, certificates, and anything else that might be on your mind.

Alice Hill

Pronouns: she/her

My name is Alice Hill and I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and English with a certificate in Public Policy. I am from the Bay Area, California, but attended high school in British Columbia, Canada! At UW, I have been involved in GOTV campaigns and volunteered as a poll worker at campus polling locations. I spend much of my free time playing rugby, where I am the Captain of the UW Women’s Rugby Team. I am currently doing election research for a UW professor and interning in San Francisco’s City Hall for Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. My academic interests include campaigns, elections, and local government. I am so excited to meet you all!

Sadie Rosenthal

Pronouns: she/her

My name is Sadie Rosenthal (she/her), and I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies with certificates in Public Policy and Science Communications. I am originally from Bethesda, MD, outside Washington, D.C. I am the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society on campus. I served as an intern with Governor Evers’ re-election Campaign in 2022, in State Assembly Representative Shelia Stubbs’ Office, and at a Public Relations Firm, Rational 360. I studied abroad this past spring in Florence, Italy. I’m specifically interested in American campaigns and elections, and I hope to work in politics after graduation. I look forward to working with you all this year!

John Schwartz

Pronouns: he/him

I’m John, a senior double majoring in Political Science and Landscape & Urban Studies.  I plan on working in city design and community development after graduation, so I am currently interning as a planner for a private engineering firm. I’ve worked for the Wisconsin State Senate, interned for campaigns, and interned for a food shelf. Last summer I was hired to work as a camp counselor at an American school in Lugano, Switzerland and really enjoyed the experience. If you have a question or just want to recommend a good social sciences book, feel free to reach out!

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Schedule an Appointment

PS academic advising will be held in-person in our North Hall offices unless otherwise noted as a “Remote Advising Appointment” in the appointment type when you search for appointments in Starfish. We have designated options available for both appointment types, though the majority of which take place in-person.

The Political Science Department is located in North Hall, the oldest building on campus. Due to its age, this building is not accessible to individuals with mobility disabilities and does not have an elevator or accessible restroom. Faculty, instructors, and staff will accommodate those for whom North Hall presents a disability-related barrier to ensure equal opportunity for all students to attend office hours, advising, and other department-related events.


All currently declared students and current UW-Madison undergraduate students interested in the Political Science major are welcome to schedule an appointment. Advising appointments can be made through Starfish. You can access Starfish from your MyUW dashboard.

To add the Starfish app:

  1. Login to MyUW
  2. Search for Starfish
  3. Click Add to home for easy access
  4. Launch the app

Please click this link for instructions on how to use Starfish.

Advising Resources

Career and Internship Resources