Listed below are the requirements for the Political Science major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.
Changes in the Capstone requirement
The Undergraduate Catalog will soon be updated to reflect the change in satisfying the College’s research requirement. Currently (through Spring 2016), the requirement is met by successfully completing the capstone course (Pol Sci 500). Starting in Fall 2016, the requirement will be met by completing one of our research-oriented substantive courses. These courses only count as fulfilling the requirement if you take them in or after Fall 2016 (i.e., they do not count as fulfilling the requirement if they were taken any time before Fall 2016). In Fall 2016, the courses that will fulfill this requirement are below (click the links below for a preliminary version of the syllabus):
- Pol Sci 312: The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
- Pol Sci 361: History of International Political Thought
- Pol Sci 408: The American Presidency
- Pol Sci 417: The Supreme Court
- Pol Sci 467: Elections and Voting Behavior
In Spring 2017, the following courses will fulfill the research requirement
- Pol Sci 314: Chinese Politics
- Pol Sci 338: Seminar in International Relations
- Pol Sci 415: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
- Pol Sci 370: International Conflict
- Pol Sci 464: Sex, Gender & The Law (online)
If you have any questions regarding the completion of this requirement, or anything else, for that matter, please feel free to contact one of the political science undergraduate advisors.
|Total Political Science Credits|
|One of the Following Introductory Courses (3 Credits)|
|One of the Following Methodology Courses (3 credits)|
|Elective Courses (9 credits)|
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. (Note: the College requires that you must complete 15 upper division (300-level or above) credits in the major in residence at UWM.)
|Capstone course in Political Science|
The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.