Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Cost varies by course

With the Political Science online major you will have the opportunity to take courses in the major areas of the discipline: American Politics, International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Public Policy. You will also learn the methodologies appropriate to our discipline including data analytics and professional writing which will help you acquire the skills necessary to be successful after graduation. And you will have the opportunity to choose from many elective course options in areas that interest you.

Program Description

The Online Bachelor’s in Political Science requirements have been designed to prepare you for success as a student in the program and your subsequent career.

Core Program Requirements:

Introduction to Political Science
American Government and Politics
Political Science Research Methods
Writing in Political Science

Area Requirements (Select 1 three unit course from each area below):

Area 1: American Politics
Area 2: Public Policy and Administration
Area 3: Compararive Politics
Area 4: International Politics
Area 5: Political Theory

Select Three Units of Electives from 300/400 level Political Science Courses

Select Six Units of Electives from any Political Science Courses EXCEPT Core 140 Global Perspectives

Completion of an approved Minor

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prepare students for a variety of exciting careers in the private and public sector and for professional and graduate school.


There are several application paths an online bachelor’s student might take including as transfer, reentry, freshman, or second-degree seeking applicants. For more information on each path, click on the links below.

Transfer applicants

Transfer applicants are students that have attended another college or university (including having earned an associate’s degree) but have never attended UW-Whitewater. You will find detailed application and transfer information at University Admissions.

Reentry applicants

Reentry applicants are students that have previously attended UW-Whitewater. Application information can be found at University Admissions.

Freshman applicants

Freshman applicants are students that have never attended a college or university. If you have never attended a college or university, regardless of age, you would be considered a freshman applicant. You can find application information for freshman applicants at University Admissions.

Second-Degree seeking applicants

Second-Degree seeking applicants are students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue another. If you would like to earn another bachelor’s degree, you can apply to UW-Whitewater’s online bachelor’s program as a special student with full credentials. To complete your degree, you would only need to fulfill the College of Business and Economics requirements and the requirements for the major you choose.

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