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
POL SCI 203
Introduction to Political Science Research
POL SCI 390
Political Data Analysis
POL SCI 392
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
POL SCI 105
State Politics
POL SCI 150
Multicultural America: Minority Voting Rights and Representation
POL SCI 201
Introduction to Public Service
POL SCI 210
American Public Policy
POL SCI 213
Urban Government and Politics
POL SCI 215
Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
POL SCI 216
Environmental Politics
POL SCI 243
Public Administration
POL SCI 250
Law and Society
POL SCI 387
Topics in American Politics:
POL SCI 388
Latino Politics
POL SCI 398
Cyber-Politics: 1
POL SCI 405
State Government:
POL SCI 408
The American Presidency
POL SCI 410
Law Through Popular Culture
POL SCI 411
Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism
POL SCI 412
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
POL SCI 415
The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
POL SCI 416
Judicial Politics
POL SCI 417
The Supreme Court
POL SCI 419
Constitutional Interpretation
POL SCI 421
Party Politics in America
POL SCI 425
Women in Politics
POL SCI 426
Congressional Politics
POL SCI 444
Politics and the Bureaucracy
POL SCI 450
Urban Political Problems
POL SCI 452
Administrative Law
POL SCI 464
Sex, Gender, and the Law
POL SCI 467
Elections and Voting Behavior
POL SCI 471
Problems in Law Studies:
POL SCI 473
Public Opinion
POL SCI 475
Political Psychology
Comparative Politics
POL SCI 106
Politics of the World's Nations
POL SCI 300
Western European Politics
POL SCI 301
British Politics
POL SCI 302
Politics of Eastern Europe
POL SCI 310
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
POL SCI 312
The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
POL SCI 314
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
POL SCI 320
Politics of Developing Countries
POL SCI 321
Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations
POL SCI 325
Latin American Politics
POL SCI 326
Brazilian Politics and Society
POL SCI 328
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
POL SCI 329
African Politics
POL SCI 333
Seminar in Comparative Politics:
POL SCI 334
German Politics and the New Europe
POL SCI 335
Comparative Political Systems
POL SCI 341
Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries:
POL SCI 355
The Politics of Economic Inequality
POL SCI 368
Gender and Politics in Developing Nations
POL SCI 371
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
POL SCI 372
Poverty and Politics:
POL SCI 374
Health, Wealth, and Democracy
POL SCI 377
Elections in the Modern World
International Politics
POL SCI 175
Introduction to International Relations
POL SCI 316
International Law
POL SCI 330
The Politics of International Economic Relations
POL SCI 337
International Organization and the United Nations
POL SCI 338
Seminar in International Relations:
POL SCI 339
European Integration
POL SCI 340
Politics of Nuclear Weapons
POL SCI 343
Asian International Relations
POL SCI 346
U.S.-Latin American Relations
POL SCI 359
Problems of American Foreign Policy
POL SCI 365
Theories and Methods in International Politics
POL SCI 370
International Conflict
POL SCI 379
Morality, Conflict and War
POL SCI 391
Current Crises and Events in International Relations
POL SCI 423
Conduct of American Foreign Affairs
Political Theory
POL SCI 110
Sex and Power
POL SCI 255
Great Issues of Politics
POL SCI 281
Classics of Political Theory
POL SCI 361
History of International Political Thought
POL SCI 381
The Development of Western Political Thought
POL SCI 382
Modern Political Thought
POL SCI 384
The Philosophy of Law
POL SCI 385
American Political Thought
POL SCI 386
Contemporary Political Theory
POL SCI 389
Politics and Philosophy:
Research Experience3
Select one of the following: 2
POL SCI 312
The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
POL SCI 314
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
POL SCI 325
Latin American Politics
POL SCI 326
Brazilian Politics and Society
POL SCI 338
Seminar in International Relations:
POL SCI 346
U.S.-Latin American Relations
POL SCI 361
History of International Political Thought
POL SCI 368
Gender and Politics in Developing Nations
POL SCI 370
International Conflict
POL SCI 408
The American Presidency
POL SCI 415
The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
POL SCI 417
The Supreme Court
POL SCI 425
Women in Politics
POL SCI 464
Sex, Gender, and the Law
POL SCI 467
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
POL SCI 316
International Law 4
POL SCI/PHILOS 384
The Philosophy of Law 5
POL SCI 416
Judicial Politics 3
POL SCI 417
The Supreme Court 3
POL SCI 419
Constitutional Interpretation 3
POL SCI 452
Administrative Law 3
POL SCI 464
Sex, Gender, and the Law 3
POL SCI 471
Problems in Law Studies: 3
Total Credits15