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

303 North Hall

Madelyn Demchick

Position title: Peer Advisor


Amy Gangl

Position title: Director of Undergraduate Studies


Phone: (608) 263-2028

302 North Hall

Rachel Margolies

Position title: Undergraduate Coordinator


Phone: (608) 262-5639

301 North Hall

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 for appointments in Starfish. We have designated options available for both appointment types, with the majority taking place in-person.


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.

Our PS Peer Advisors are available to discuss internship resources, PS classes and future semesters, Wisconsin in Washington, double majors, certificates, and anything else that might be on your mind.

Madelyn Demchick: Hi, my name is Madelyn (Maddy) Demchick and I am a Senior studying political science, international studies, public policy and education policy studies. I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at UW, I interned for the Fratelli Group, a public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. as part of the Wisconsin in Washington program this past spring semester. I plan on attending law school in the fall of 2023 following my graduation this December! My interests include conflict resolution and international reconciliation. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you this year!


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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