Hometown: Appleton, WI
Major: Political science
Junior Courtney Bichler started her major in political science after taking Tracy Slagter’s comparative politics class. Bichler said she loved the course because of Slagter’s enthusiastic teaching, and she knew she wanted to pursue international law as a career. Bichler said she plans on going to law school to study international criminal law and human rights law.
“I took a genocide political science interim class and it just really made me realize that there is a problem out there that needs to be solved, and I want to figure out how to make a difference,” Bichler said. “That’s really what I want to do for the rest of my life—help people who are victims of those crimes.”
Bichler said the political science professors realize students’ capabilities and challenge them to understand why we’re learning the concepts. “I’m working on independent study right now,” Bichler said. “Political science professors get as excited about your research as you do, which is really cool. I think that is different from a lot of departments.”
The political science professors all have an open door policy, know everything about their students and really want students to do well, according to Bichler. “My political science professors are amazing,” Bichler said. “I learn more in their office hours than I do in their courses, which is saying a lot because I learn a lot from them. I can go to any professor and discuss any project with them even if they are not the one I am writing the paper for or working on a project for.”