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Undergraduate Political Science Association

What is the Undergraduate Political Science Association (UPSA)?

We are group of open-minded students at the University of Minnesota seeking to expand our knowledge on the various topics we study pursuing our degree(s) and to network with other students and faculty across campus.

Our principal activities include viewing politically-themed media such as keynote talks, movies, and forums hosted around campus; discussing current issues related to our studies; and hosting events that put students in touch with others who work in the various fields related to our studies.

We benefit the university community by encouraging the civil exchange of various viewpoints on often-heated issues in politics. Our group's primary focus is to elevate the level of discourse above partisan politics and get to the root causes of the issues that members of other politically-oriented groups overlook.

We are dedicated to increasing political knowledge. We are highy politically involved, and many of our members have in the past or are currently interning with political candidates and challengers for office, giving us deeper insight and perspective. We also plan to author a blog which will serve as a melting pot for the various ideas that our members have. We fully encourage all viewpoints and intend to submit articles of exceptional quality to national journals.

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Mentorship Program

UPSA is partnering with the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) to expand their mentorship program into CAPE's Major Network. In this program, students can be either Upper-level Mentors or Exploring Student Mentees. The Mentors are students who are passionate about their major, and have coursework and/or other experience they can share with new or exploring students. The Exploring Student Mentees may be freshmen, new transfer students, or students new to the major who would like a mentor to connect them with experiences, and learn from their experiences to get involved and succeed in classes. Mentors and Mentees need to meet at least once a month, and as an added bonus UPSA will be organizing fun events for Mentors and Mentees to get to know each other throughout the semester.

For more information about this opportunity, check out CAPE's Major Network page. For any questions about mentorship through UPSA, email

Other Groups of Interest for Political Science Majors

College Democrats

College Libertarians

College Republicans

Human Rights Student Association

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)

Mock Trial Association

Black Motivated Women

Pre Law Society

The Minnesota Bipartisan Issues Group

United National Student Association- Model United Nations

Women for Political Change

Minnesota Students for Liberty