Liberal Arts Major (Track in) Political Science
Political Science Minor (Liberal Arts)
Political Science Major (International Peace Studies)
Political Science Minor (International Peace Studies)
Political Science Major (International Peace Studies) (Comprehensive major)
Political Science Major in Secondary Education
Political Science Minor Secondary Education Curriculum
Broad Field Social Studies in Political Science


Political Science

Faculty
Khalil Dokhanchi, Professor
Gloria I. Toivola, Professor
George Wright, Professor

The Political Science Program includes the following courses of study:

1.      Liberal Arts Major (Track in) Political Science

2.      Political Science Minor (Liberal Arts)

3.      International Peace Studies Major (Track in) Political Science

4.      Political Science Minor (International Peace Studies)

5.      International Peace Studies (Concentration in Political Science)

6.      Political Science Major in Secondary Education

7.      Political Science Minor in Secondary Education

8.      Broad Field Social Studies in Political Science

Political Science Major
(Liberal Arts)

(Track in) Political Science

A minimum of 36 credits including:

Core courses:
POLS 100        Introduction to Politics and Public Policy
or
POLS 101       Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
or
POLS 150       American National Government
or
POLS 175       Introduction to World Politics
POLS 185       First-Year Internship
POLS 260       Contemporary Issues in American Politics
or
LSTU/POLS 261         Contemporary Issues in Law and Society
or
PHIL/POLS 262          Introduction to Political Theory
or
POLS 263       Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLS 330       U.S. State and Local Government
POLS 396        Research Design
POLS 485       Internship
or
POLS 499       Individualized Research or Applied Skills

For a total of 18 credits, together with at least one course from each of the following categories:

Group 1: American Politics
POLS 465       Seminar in American Politics
POLS 467       Public Administration
POLS 372       Political Activism and Strategy
POLS 373       Congress and Presidency

Group 2: Political and Legal Institutions and Processes
POLS 302       Legislation and Legal Process
POLS 321       Judicial Process and Politics
POLS 368       Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLS 450       United States Constitutional Law, Part I
POLS 451       United States Constitutional Law, Part II

Group 3: Comparative and International Studies
POLS 352       Introduction to Peace Studies
POLS 356       Methods of Conflict Resolution
POLS 431       International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes
POLS 476       Theories of World Politics Group
LSTU 363        Comparative Legal Systems

Group 4: Political Thought
POLS 454       History of Political Thought I
POLS 455       History of Political Thought II

Group 5: Multiculturalism and Diversity
FNS 151          Introduction to Tribal Administration
POLS 303       Environmental Law and Regulation
LSTU/POLS 365         Race, Class and Law
POLS 343       Politics of Sexuality

Although not required, at least two years of a foreign language are strongly recommended for all Political Science programs.

Students majoring in Political Science are strongly urged to take ECON 235 and MATH 130 to satisfy the requirement for General Education.

Students should consult with their advisors regarding graduate and professional training and job opportunities in Political Science and related fields.

Political Science Minor
(Liberal Arts)

A minimum of 24 credits including:

Core courses:
POLS 100       Introduction to Politics and Public Policy
or
POLS 101       Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
or
POLS 150       American National Government
or
POLS 175       Introduction to World Politics
POLS 185       First-Year Internship
POLS 260       Contemporary Issues in American Politics
or
LSTU/POLS 261         Contemporary Issues in Law and Society
or
PHIL/POLS 262          Introduction to Political Theory
or
POLS 263       Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLS 330       U.S. State and Local Government
POLS 396       Research Design

For a total of 15 credits, together with one course each from three of the following five categories:

Group 1: American Politics
POLS 465       Seminar in American Politics
POLS 467       Public Administration
POLS 372       Political Activism and Strategy
POLS 373       Congress and Presidency

Group 2: Political and Legal Institutions and Processes
POLS 302       Legislation and Legal Process
POLS 321       Judicial Process and Politics
POLS 368       Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLS 450       United States Constitutional Law, Part I
POLS 451       United States Constitutional Law, Part II

Group 3: Comparative and International Studies
POLS 352       Introduction to Peace Studies
POLS 356       Methods of Conflict Resolution
POLS 431       International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes 
POLS 476       Theories of World Politics
LSTU 363        Comparative Law

Group 4: Political Thought
POLS 454       History of Political Thought I
POLS 455       History of Political Thought II

Group 5: Multiculturalism and Diversity
FNS 151          Introduction to Tribal Administration 
POLS 303       Environmental Law and Regulation
LSTU/POLS 365         Race, Class and Law
POLS 343       Politics of Sexuality

Students with minor in Political Science (Liberal Arts) should contact a faculty member in the Political Science program located on the third floor of Sundquist Hall for advisement.

Political Science Major
(International Peace Studies)

A minimum of 36 credits including:

Core Courses:
POLS 101       Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
POLS 175       Introduction to International Politics
POLS 185       First-Year Internship
POLS 263       Contemporary Issues in World Politics
PSYC 317       Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence
POLS 352       Introduction to Peace Studies
POLS 356       Methods of Conflict Resolution
LSTU 368        Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLS 372       Political Activism
POLS 396       Research Design
POLS 431       International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes
POLS 476       Theories of World Politics

Political Science Minor
(International Peace Studies)

A minimum of 24 credits including:

Core Courses:
POLS 101       Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
POLS 175       Introduction to International Politics
POLS 263       Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLS 352       Introduction to Peace Studies
POLS 356       Methods of Conflict Resolution
POLS 476       Theories of World Politics

Electives:
At least three credits from the following list of classes:
POLS 185       First-Year Internship
LSTU 363        Comparative Law
LSTU 368        Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLS 372       Political Activism
POLS 431       International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes

Foreign language skills are strongly recommended. Students should have at least two years of foreign languages.

Political Science Major
(International Peace Studies)
(Comprehensive major)

A minimum of 60 credits including:
POLS 101       Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
POLS 175       Introduction to World Politics
POLS 185       First-Year Internship
POLS 263       Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLS 396       Research Design
POLS 352       Introduction to Peace Studies
POLS 356       Methods of Conflict Resolution
POLS 431       International Law
POLS 476       Theories of World Politics
POLS 368       Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLS 372       Political Activism
PSYC 317       Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence

In addition, the students must have at least 12 credits in a foreign language.

The remaining credits must be from international studies courses in fields other than Political Science (with the approval of the advisor).

Political Science Major
(Secondary Education)

A minimum of 33 credits in Political Science is required, including the same array of courses for the Political Science major (Liberal Arts) with only four electives from the five categories and with the addition of POLS 339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education and those courses required for a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies (see Teacher Education).
 
Political Science Minor Secondary Education Curriculum
A minimum of 24 credits in Political Science is required, including the same array of courses for the Political Science minor (Liberal Arts), with only two elective courses and with the addition of POLS 339, Secondary Methods in Social Science Education, and those courses required for a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies (see Teacher Education).

Broad Field Social Studies in Political Science
Broad Field Social Studies is a comprehensive liberal arts major. Students intending to pursue careers in secondary education must also complete a series of Wisconsin Teacher Certification requirements. Contact the Teacher Education Department for details.

The Broad Field Social Studies program is interdisciplinary and includes course work in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Certification to teach fusion courses will be granted upon completion of the Broad Field Social Studies program. Fusion courses are defined as those that integrate several social studies disciplines and require composite preparation in social studies. Civics, social problems, American problems, area studies, and vital issues are examples of fusion courses.

Coursework in Broad Field Social Studies may also be used, where appropriate, to fulfill the university's General Education requirements. Students majoring in Broad Field Social Studies are urged to work in close cooperation with their academic advisors to ensure efficient completion of the program.

The Broad Field Social Studies major requires a minimum of 57-58 semester credits to be fulfilled in the following fashion:

1. Completion of the following core courses

Broad Field Social Studies Major (57-58 credits)

ECON 235      Economics and Society                                                 3 credits
PSYC 101       Introduction to Psychology                                            3 credits
SOCI 101        Introduction to Sociology                                              3 credits
ANTH 101      The Human Experience                                                 3 credits
HIST 151         U.S. Through 1877
or
HIST 152        
U.S. Since 1877
or
HIST 111         Introduction to Modern World History                         3 credits

GEOG 100      World Regional Geography
or
GEOG 102      Cultural Geography                                                      3.
credits

POLS 230       U.S. National, State, and Local Government
or
POLS 150       American National Government
and
POLS 330       U.S. State and Local Government                                4-6 credits

2. Completion of a Secondary Education Major in Political Science. Broad Field core courses may, where appropriate, be applied toward the major.

3. Completion of a total of six credits of electives from two different social science disciplines (ECON, PSYC, POLS, SOCI, ANTH, HIST, or GEOG) outside the are of emphasis. 

4. Additional electives, if necessary, in any of the disciplines within the Broad Field major other than the area of emphasis to reach a total of 57 credits. 

See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.