Political Science and Public Administration

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It is the mission of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration to provide the highest quality academic programs that our resources allow in service to our majors and minors as well as to the multitude of students that we serve through General Education and CLS Degree Program Core course offerings. Beyond this, the department embraces its obligation to create a climate that stimulates learning, thinking, scholarship and professional development for students and faculty. Political Science and Public Administration further endeavors to engage in scholarship and service activities that exemplify the Wisconsin Idea of the university giving back to the citizens of Wisconsin.

What is Political Science?

Political science refers to the study of governments, institutions, public policies and political behavior; using both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine all countries and regions of the world.

What is Public Administration?

Public Administration refers to what government does, the law in action, regulation, the executive function, organizing and managing people and other resources to achieve the goals of government, and the implementation of public policy.