Major Requirements

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):

In Spring 2017, the following courses will fulfill the research requirement

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.

Requirements

Total Political Science Credits

30 credits

One of the Following Introductory Courses (3 Credits)
  • Pol Sci 103 - Introduction to Political Science
  • Pol Sci 104 - Introduction to American Government and Politics
One of the Following Methodology Courses (3 credits)
  • Pol Sci 203 - Introduction to Political Science Research
  • Pol Sci 390 - Political Data Analysis
  • Pol Sci 392 - Survey Research
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.)

American Politics

  • Pol Sci 210 - American Public Policy, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 213 - Urban Government and Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 250 - Law and Society, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 387 - Topics in American Politics: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 388 - Latino Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 405 - State Government: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 408 - The American Presidency, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 411 - Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 412 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 416 - Judicial Process, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 417 - The Supreme Court, 3 cr.
  • Pol Sci 419 - Constitutional Interpretation, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 421 - Party Politics in America, credits
  • Pol Sci 425 (225) - Women in Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 426 - Congressional Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 444 - Politics and the Bureaucracy, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 387 - Topics in American Politics: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 450 - Urban Political Problems, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 452 - Administrative Law, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 464 - Sex, Gender, and the Law, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 467 - Elections and Voting Behavior, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 471 - Problems in Law Studies: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 473 - Public Opinion, 3 credits

Comparative Politics

  • Pol Sci 300 (200) - Western European Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 301 - British Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 302 - Politics of Eastern Europe, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 310 - Russian and Post-Soviet Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 312 - The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 314 - Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy. 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 320 - Politics of Developing Countries. 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 321 - Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 325 - Latin American Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 326 - Brazilian Politics and Society, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 327 - Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 328 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 329 - African Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 333 - Seminar in Comparative Politics: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 334 - German Politics and the New Europe, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 335 - Comparative Political Systems, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 341 - Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 368 - Gender and Politics in Developing Nations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 371 - Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 372 - Poverty and Politics: (Subtitled), 3 credits

International Politics

  • Pol Sci 316 - International Law, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 330 - The Politics of International Economic Relations,3 credits
  • Pol Sci 337 - International Organization and the United Nations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 338 - Seminar in International Relations: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 339 - European Integration, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 340 - Politics of Nuclear Weapons, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 343 (244) - Asian International Relations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 346 (246) - U.S.-Latin American Relations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 359 - Problems of American Foreign Policy, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 365 - Theories and Methods in International Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 370 - International Conflict, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 423 - Conduct of American Foreign Affairs, 3 credits

Political Theory

  • Pol Sci 255 (155) - Great Issues of Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 281 - Classics of Political Theory, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 361 - History of International Political Thought, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 381 - The Development of Western Political Thought, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 382 Modern Political Thought, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 384 (560) - The Philosophy of Law, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 385 - American Political Thought, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 386 - Contemporary Political Theory, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 389 - Politics and Philosophy, 3 credits


Capstone course in Political Science
  • Pol Sci 500 - Capstone Course in Political Science
GPA Requirements

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.