Advising and Major Information


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 decisions may be challenging, but you are not alone! Your advisers 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, post-graduation planning, student research interests, transfer and study abroad credits, and more.


Cassie Chulick

Undergraduate Advisor

(608) 263-2396

210 North Hall

Joel Clark

Director of Professional Development

(608) 263-2031

306 North Hall

Amy Gangl

Director of Undergraduate Engagement

(608) 263-2028

302 North Hall

Eunsook Jung

Director of International Programs

(608) 263-2130

301 North Hall

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.

Skype appointments are available.

Please indicate your Skype ID if you will be requesting a remote meeting.

Summer 2019: Advising by Appointment Only. Fall Drop-In Hours will begin on September 3rd.

Fall 2019: Monday – Friday 10am – 12pm starting September 3rd

Monday: Joel Clark, 306 North Hall

Tuesday: Amy Gangl, 302 North Hall

Wednesday: Joel Clark, 306 North Hall

Thursday: Cassie Chulick, 210 North Hall *9/12 and 9/19 advising will be with Rachel Margolies, 311 North Hall

Friday: Cassie Chulick, 210 North Hall *9/13 and 9/20 advising will be with Rachel Margolies, 311 North Hall

Fall 2019 Peer Mentor Information Coming Soon



Majors in political science obtain a broader understanding of the world, but also develop important skills in critical thinking and analysis. Students who major in political science will emerge better prepared to make professional choices. These skills are indispensable in any career path you decide to pursue.
The Political Science major is concerned with exploring the exercise of power in its myriad forms and consequences. Students in the major are encouraged to explore such central issues as the ethical problems attendant to the exercise of power; the impact of historic, economic, and social forces on the operation of politics; the functioning and distinctive features of the US political system; the diversity of political systems found among nations of the world and the significance of these differences; the interaction among international actors and the causes of war and peace. When you study political science you gain practical knowledge, intellectual depth, and conceptual tools to pursue careers in law, business, journalism, public service, and education.

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