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- Courses: Political Science (POL SCI)
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.
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. An introductory course: Pol Sci 103 (Introduction to Political Science) or 104 (Introduction to American Government and Politics);
2. A methodology course: Pol Sci 203 (Introduction to Political Science Research), Pol Sci 390 (Political Data Analysis), or Pol Sci 392 (Survey Research);
3. At least one course beyond the 100 level in each of the following four areas of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory; and
4. Pol Sci 500 (Capstone Course in Political Science). This course, which satisfies the L&S requirement for a research experience in the major, should be taken in the last year of study.
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.
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
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
POL SCI 452
POL SCI 464
Women and the Law
POL SCI 471
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Declaring a Major in Political Science
Students who wish to declare a political science major may do so in one of two ways:
Declare Your Political Science Major with an Advisor
Just follow these simple steps:
- Obtain an unofficial transcript from Enrollment Services (MEL 274) or print one from your PAWS account.
- Fill out the "Declaration of Major" form, which can be found in Bolton 614.
- Schedule a meeting with one of the political science advisors (see Undergraduate Advising Hours to email or call to schedule an appointment).
- Meet with an advisor, determine your course plan, and declare your major.
- You should also consult with an L&S advisor about general education and college requirements. The Political Science advisors are not trained to help you with those requirements. They can be reached at x4654 in Merrill Hall 142.
Declare Your Political Science Major Online
Students also may declare a Political Science major via email. To do so, you must complete an Online Declaration of Major Form (pdf) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. An undergraduate advisor will consult your transcript and, pending sufficient credits, will file a declaration of major form with the College of Letters & Science. Prior to making this request, it is very important that you consult all of the requirements for the POL SCI major (see above).
Please allow three to four weeks for processing online declaration requests. We will not send a confirmation email when we have processed your application. Thus, if you do not see a declared Political Science major reflected in your records on PAWS within three to four weeks, please contact an undergraduate Political Science advisor (see Undergraduate Advising Hours).
Also, if you have any questions regarding coursework for the Political Science major, you will need to visit with one of the Political Science undergraduate advisors during their designated office hours or by appointment. We will not conduct advising appointments via email. You should also consult with an L&S advisor about general education and college requirements. They can be reached at x4654 in Merrill Hall 142. Students who have opted to restrict the release of their directory information at UWM should not utilize the online process for declaring a political science major.
Note: The College of Letters & Science requires that students must declare a major upon completing 15 credits and before completing 75 credits. It is extremely important to declare a major as soon as possible after completing 15 credits, so that a Political Science advisor can help you avoid any surprises affecting graduation. This is the responsibility of the student, not the department. The Department of Political Science provides several faculty advisors who are available to all students, not just to majors. The advisors will provide students with information about political science courses, career opportunities, the political science major, and other matters of interest and importance. Schedule your appointment with an advisor or submit an online application for declaring your major as soon as you complete those 15 credits!
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 and High 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. Students meeting these GPA requirements will be slated automatically for graduating with honors in the major.
Students who meet the GPA requirement and wish to be considered for departmental high honors should request that the faculty member supervising the substantial research paper, either for the capstone or another course, nominate them for high honors. The supervising faculty member 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. Note that a student interested in receiving high honors must contact a Political Science faculty member to be considered; high honors are not bestowed automatically.
Questions about honors designations can be directed to any of the Political Science faculty advisors.
David Armstrong, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Maryland
Ivan Asher, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley
Robert J. Beck, Assoc. Prof., PhD
John Bohte, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Texas A & M University
Master of Public Administration Director
Kathleen Dolan, Prof., PhD, Chair
University of Maryland
Kennan Ferguson, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Hawaii
Undergraduate Program Director
Uk Heo, Prof., PhD
Texas A&M University
Thomas M. Holbrook, Prof., PhD
University of Iowa
Shale A. Horowitz, Prof., PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Erin (Kaheny) Olsen, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of South Carolina
Sara (Benesh) Pashak, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Michigan State University
Joel Rast, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Oregon
Steven Redd, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Texas A&M University
Ora John Reuter, Asst. Prof., PhD
Paru Shah, Asst. Prof., PhD
Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Texas at Austin
Carol E. Baumann, Prof. Emerita, PhD
John F. Bibby, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Eric C. Browne, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Marcus E. Ethridge, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
David C. Garnham, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Howard Handelman, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Brett W. Hawkins, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Theodore Meckstroth, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD
David Nachmias, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Terry Nardin, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Stephen L. Percy, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Donald Pienkos, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Mark Tessler, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Meredith W. Watts, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
Ronald E. Weber, Prof. Emeritus, PhD
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