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 Research requirement

Starting in Fall 2016, the research 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).

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.

Political Science Major Requirements

Majors must attain a 2.0 GPA in all political science courses, including any transfer work, and a 2.0 GPA in political science courses taken at UWM. 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:

Introductory Requirement
POL SCI 103Introduction to Political Science3
or POL SCI 104 Introduction to American Government and Politics
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Political Science Research
Political Data Analysis
Survey Research
Requirements: Areas of Political Science
Select at least one course beyond the 100 level in each of the following four areas of political science:12
American Politics
State Politics
Multicultural America: Minority Voting Rights and Representation
Introduction to Public Service
American Public Policy
Urban Government and Politics
Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
Environmental Politics
Public Administration
Law and Society
Topics in American Politics:
Latino Politics
Cyber-Politics: 1
State Government:
The American Presidency
Law Through Popular Culture
Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
Judicial Politics
The Supreme Court
Constitutional Interpretation
Party Politics in America
Women in Politics
Congressional Politics
Politics and the Bureaucracy
Urban Political Problems
Administrative Law
Sex, Gender, and the Law
Elections and Voting Behavior
Problems in Law Studies:
Public Opinion
Political Psychology
Comparative Politics
Politics of the World's Nations
Western European Politics
British Politics
Politics of Eastern Europe
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
Politics of Developing Countries
Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations
Latin American Politics
Brazilian Politics and Society
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
African Politics
Seminar in Comparative Politics:
German Politics and the New Europe
Comparative Political Systems
Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries:
The Politics of Economic Inequality
Gender and Politics in Developing Nations
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Poverty and Politics:
Health, Wealth, and Democracy
Elections in the Modern World
International Politics
Introduction to International Relations
International Law
The Politics of International Economic Relations
International Organization and the United Nations
Seminar in International Relations:
European Integration
Politics of Nuclear Weapons
Asian International Relations
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Problems of American Foreign Policy
Theories and Methods in International Politics
International Conflict
Morality, Conflict and War
Current Crises and Events in International Relations
Conduct of American Foreign Affairs
Political Theory
Sex and Power
Great Issues of Politics
Classics of Political Theory
History of International Political Thought
The Development of Western Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
The Philosophy of Law
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Theory
Politics and Philosophy:
Research Experience3
Select one of the following: 2
The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
Latin American Politics
Brazilian Politics and Society
Seminar in International Relations:
U.S.-Latin American Relations
History of International Political Thought
Gender and Politics in Developing Nations
International Conflict
The American Presidency
The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
The Supreme Court
Women in Politics
Sex, Gender, and the Law
Elections and Voting Behavior
Electives
Select 9 credits from any of the above.9
Total Credits30

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. Some of the courses below also satisfy the requirement of 3 credits above the 100 level in each area of Political Science.

Law Studies Requirements

Required
POL SCI 250Law and Society 33
POL SCI 411Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism 33
POL SCI 412Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 33
Select two of the following:6
International Law 4
The Philosophy of Law 5
Judicial Politics 3
The Supreme Court 3
Constitutional Interpretation 3
Administrative Law 3
Sex, Gender, and the Law 3
Problems in Law Studies: 3
Total Credits15