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

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

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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.

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.

Jill Goldwasser: My name is Jill Goldwasser (she/her), and I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and Sociology with certificates in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics (PEPP) and Public Policy. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. My academic interests include International Political Economy and Climate Policy. I spent the Spring Semester of my junior year studying abroad in Copenhagen and this summer I participated in Wisconsin in Washington!

Schedule with Jill on Starfish

Sam Basa: My name is Sam Basa (he/him), and I am a senior majoring in Political Science and History with certificates in African Studies, European Studies, and Public Policy. I am from Wyckoff, New Jersey, and my academic interests mainly include international security and modern Southeast Asian History. I have interned for Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Governor Tony Evers, and the U.S. Army JAG Corps at Fort Moore, GA. I am also an Army ROTC Cadet here on campus and plan to begin my career in the military after graduation. I am a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and a former VP of PSSA. I look forward to working with all of you this year!

Schedule with Sam on Starfish

Isabel Caballero: My name is Isabel Caballero (she/her), and I am a senior majoring in Political Science, Legal Studies, and getting a certificate in Criminal Justice. I have been a declared political science student since freshman year and have spent my years at Madison growing my passion for politics. I studied abroad in Barcelona in the Spring of my junior year! Some of my experiences throughout the years have been interning for the drug treatment courts of Hennepin County in Minneapolis, being a finance intern for the Mandela Barnes campaign in 2022, and being a congressional intern at the office of Senator Amy Klobuchar. I plan to attend law school in the Fall of 2025 after taking a gap year, and hopefully working for a campaign during the 2024 election cycle!

Schedule with Isabel on Starfish

Advising Resources

Career and Internship Resources