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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


Political Science


The Department of Political Science offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide a thorough understanding of politics while establishing a foundation for careers in government, law, education, business, and other fields. Undergraduates benefit from the resources of its nationally-recognized faculty and strong graduate programs. In addition to courses on political ideas, behavior, and institutions at the local, state, national, and international levels, the department offers opportunities for students to participate in research projects, internship programs, and a program in law studies.

The political science curriculum is divided into five areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, and political methodology.

Admission to the Major

To declare a major in political science, students should meet with one of the department’s faculty advisors. Information is available in the department’s main office in NWQ, Bldg B Room 5540.

Course of Study: Major

Majors are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in political science, of which at least 15 must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. The following courses must be included among those taken for major credit:

1. Pol Sci 103 (Introduction to Political Science) or 104 (Introduction to American Government and Politics);

2. At least one course beyond the 100 level in each of the five areas of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, and political methodology;

3. Pol Sci 500 (Capstone Course in Political Science). This course satisfies the L&S requirement for a research experience in the major.

Majors must attain a 2.5 GPA in all political science courses, including any transfer work, and a 2.5 GPA in political science courses taken at UWM.

Course of Study: Law Studies Option

Students may emphasize the study of law within the major by completing, in conjunction with or in addition to all of the requirements outlined above, the courses listed below as part of the 30 credits required for the major. Any of Pol Sci 250, 411, 412, 419, 452, 464, or 470 meets the American politics requirement; Pol Sci/Philos 384 (560) qualifies as political theory; and Pol Sci 316 is an international politics course.

Required Courses
Pol Sci 250 Law and Society

Pol Sci 411

Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism

Pol Sci 412

Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties

Two of the following:

 

Pol Sci 316

International Law

Pol Sci 384 (560)

The Philosophy of Law [jointly offered with Philos 384 (560)]

Pol Sci 416

Trial Courts in the Judicial Process

Pol Sci 417

The Supreme Court

Pol Sci 419

Constitutional Interpretation

Pol Sci 452

Administrative Law

Pol Sci 464

Women and the Law

Pol Sci 471

Problems in Law Studies: (Subtitle)

Course of Study: Minor

Minors are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits in political science, of which at least 9 must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) taken at UWM. Minors must complete courses in at least two of the following four areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. Students must attain a 2.5 GPA in all political science courses, including any transfer work, and a 2.5 GPA in all political science courses taken at UWM.

Honors in Political Science

Departmental honors are awarded upon graduation to students who achieve a 3.5 GPA overall and also in their political science major. If a student wishes to be considered for departmental high honors, s/he should request that the faculty member supervising her/his substantial research paper, either for the capstone or another course, nominate her/him for high honors. The supervising faculty member then will decide if the student should be recommended to the high honors committee, which is composed of three political science faculty members. The committee will determine if the quality of the nominee's paper is sufficient to earn the high honors designation and, if so, will bestow the high honors accordingly.

COURSES (POL SCI)

Faculty

David Armstrong, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Maryland

Ivan Asher, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Robert J. Beck, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Georgetown University

Sara Benesh (Pashak), Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Michigan State University

John Bohte, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Texas A & M University
Master of Public Administration Director

Kathleen Dolan, Prof., Ph.D.
University of Maryland

Kennan Ferguson, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Hawaii

Undergraduate Program Director

Uk Heo, Prof., Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Thomas M. Holbrook, Prof., Ph.D., Chair
University of Iowa

Shale A. Horowitz, Prof., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Erin Kaheny, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of South Carolina

Theodore Meckstroth, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Joel Rast, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Oregon
Internship Coordinator

Steven Redd, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Paru Shah, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Rice University

Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

Michael Tofias , Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Duke University

Emeritus Faculty

Carol E. Baumann, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D.

John F. Bibby, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Eric C. Browne, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Marcus E. Ethridge, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

David C. Garnham, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Howard Handelman, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Brett W. Hawkins, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

David Nachmias, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Terry Nardin, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Stephen L. Percy, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Mark Tessler, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Meredith W. Watts, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Ronald E. Weber, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

 



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