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, student research interests, transfer and study abroad credits, and more.


Cassie Chulick

Position title: Undergraduate Advisor


Phone: (608) 263-2396

210 North Hall

Amy Gangl

Position title: Director of Undergraduate Engagement


Phone: (608) 263-2028

302 North Hall

Rachel Margolies

Position title: Undergraduate Coordinator


Phone: (608) 262-5639

311 North Hall

Advisors are available for remote advising this semester. We are offering multiple formats for remote advising appointments. Use Starfish to view and schedule these appointment options.

SOAR Transfer Students:

Follow the scheduling instructions below to set up a major advising meeting. Prior to your appointment, please review the information here. 


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.

We are not currently holding drop-in hours. Remote advising appointments are available through Starfish, or you can contact advisors by email with your quick questions.


Meet our 2020-2021 Peer Mentors, Seap and Sam!

Seap is a senior studying Political Science, Economics, and South Asian Studies. In her time at UW-Madison, she has held different internships at the State Capitol, at a law firm, a political campaign and was the Social Media Manager for PSSA. She has also participated in the Wisconsin in Washington Program during the Fall of 2019, where she interned for her Congressman for a semester. Currently, she is on campus and is the Brand Director for a company located in Janesville, WI. She is looking forward to working with students and helping them with any questions they may have regarding coursework, internships, or the major in general! Sign up to meet virtually with Seap on Mondays from 10am-12 pm or email her at with questions or to set up a time to meet that works with your schedule.

Peer Advisor Seap Bhardwaj

Sam Epstein is a senior in the Political Science major with additional certificates in Public Policy, History, and Entrepreneurship. This past spring, Sam participated in the Wisconsin in Washington DC program, where he spent his semester on Capitol Hill interning for Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III. Sam’s additional experience includes internships with the US Department of State, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and a number of campaigns including Kamala Harris for The People and Joe Kennedy for Massachusetts. After graduation, Sam hopes to return to Capitol Hill before joining the US Foreign Service.  Sign up to meet virtually with Sam on Thursdays from 12pm-2pm or email him at with questions or to set up a time to meet that works with your schedule. 

Peer Advisor Samuel Epstein



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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