Political science is a social science discipline that uses standard research methods to analyze politics and government at the local, state, national and international levels. Madison College political science courses support the Liberal Arts Transfer Program, Pre-Major Programs and Professional Programs.

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Featured Political Science Courses

Introduction to American Government

Introduction to American Government focuses on the structure and functioning of state and local governments within the context of federalism. It emphasizes decision making, structure, theory, behavioral characteristics and citizen participation.

American National Government

American National Government utilizes a systems approach to emphasize the relationships between structure and behavior. The course includes the U.S. Constitution, elections, interest groups, parties, mass media, congress, judiciary, the presidency and bureaucracy.

State and Local Government

State and Local Government addresses the functioning of state and local governments and relates them and their activities to the federal government. Discussion covers the importance and functioning of political parties, special interest groups, elections, legislatures, courts and executives

Political Science Career Potential

Political Science majors and minors have careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and higher education.

Full-time Faculty

Maurice Sheppard (Department Chair)
Office: C3448, Truax
Phone: 608.246.6788 

Part-time Faculty

Jennifer Kammerud

Adrienne Roach (Honors Program Representative)

Contact the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Madison Truax Campus
Main Building, C2433

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704