Undergraduate Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and public policy. As a Political Science major, you will learn how to analyze and evaluate issues of power, social forces, conflict, behavior, political ideas, rules and laws, and institutional change.  

Our Political Science majors become active citizens and community and political leaders. Political Science courses at Edgewood College cover the major subfields of American politics, comparative politics and International Relations. As a political science major, you can focus broadly or narrow in on a concentration like Pre-Law or International Relations that matches your intellectual interests and professional goals. 


Program Highlights

We emphasize learning that moves beyond the classroom. Our majors are among the most active in the college and in the Madison community. The political science major ensures that students find a course of study that offers intellectual stimulation and prepares them for a rewarding post-graduate career.  

Students will do more than read about politics – they will learn to write and communicate as a sophisticated and professional person. Classes are small and the learning environment is rigorous. Students are transformed from learners into engaged citizens who can think critically and comparatively about contemporary debates and problems in the United States and throughout the world.  

Being in Madison, the state capital, our students have an abundant and diverse array of internship opportunities to round out their studies and further their career preparation. Students work for state and federal legislative offices, in county, state, and federal agencies, in political campaigns, and with non-profits. They also have the opportunity to compete in an international Model United Nations competition.

Career Outcomes

As a field of study, political science remains one of the most popular majors in the United States, and prepares students for exciting careers in areas such as federal, state, and local government, political campaigns, non-governmental organizations, public relations, federal law enforcement and intelligence, economic development, community organization, and public policy development. In addition, the major is a common pathway to law school and graduate study. 

  • There are so many leadership opportunities. Each time I turned around there was an opportunity to do something different. It’s really easy to immerse yourself in what’s happening on campus. At a place like Edgewood College, you can find yourself on a task force or committee with faculty, staff, and other students. I’m not sure there’s a ‘seat at the table’ for students at larger schools in the same way.
    Nick Hefty ’15, Magna Cum Laude

Faculty Spotlight

  • Steven Davis

    Professor of Political Science
    davis@edgewood.edu