Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Political Science


2012-2014 Catalog

Political Science

Faculty

Khalil Dokhanchi, Professor
Daniela Mansbach, Assistant Professor
Alisa Von Hagel, Assistant Professor

Program Description

Active citizenship is the foundation of the UW-Superior Political Science Program. The program offers courses that not only create informed students, but also students who can study the roots of problems at the local, state, national, and international levels, formulate creative solutions to these problems, and develop advocacy strategies that address them. Students in the major complete a set of common core courses and then choose a concentration in American Politics, Peace Studies, or Political Theory.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to analyze, interpret, and understand texts and discourse
  2. Ability to effectively identify, evaluate, and formulate arguments
  3. Ability to develop, organize, and express ideas in a precise, clear, effective, and systematic manner in writing, discussion, and oral presentations
  4. Ability to recognize and appreciate multiple perspectives and the limitations of each perspective
  5. Ability to independently research a topic and to produce a fully documented research paper
  6. Ability to formulate and develop concrete solutions in terms of political action

Political Science Major

36 total credits

All students majoring in political science must complete a nine-credit set of political science core requirements along with a concentration in either American Politics, Peace Studies, or Political Theory.

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
POLS 499 Senior Seminar -- 3 credits

Students must complete either:

  • American Politics Concentration OR
  • Peace Studies Concentration OR
  • Political Theory Concentration

Political Science Major - American Politics Concentration Requirements

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
POLS 499 Senior Seminar -- 3 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 150 American National Government -- 3 credits
OR
FNS 151 Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3 credits
 
POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government -- 3 credits

Advanced American Politics required courses (12 credits required):

POLS 361 Campaigns and Elections -- 3 credits
POLS/WST 374 Women and Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 465 Congress and the Presidency -- 3 credits
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits

American Politics Electives required courses (6 credits required):

LSTU 450 US Constitutional Law I -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 321 Judicial Process -- 3 credits
 
POLS 352 Paths to Peace -- 3 credits
OR
POLS 372 Power and Resistance -- 3 credits

Political Science Major - Peace Studies Concentration Requirements

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
POLS 499 Senior Seminar -- 3 credits

Introductory Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems -- 3 credits
POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3 credits
POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics -- 3 credits

Advanced Peace Studies required courses (12 credits required):

POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies -- 3 credits
POLS 353 Human Rights, International Law and War and Peace -- 3 credits
POLS 376 Theories of Human Rights -- 3 credits
POLS 345 Theories of War and Peace -- 3 credits
POLS 356 Seminar in Peacebuilding -- 3 credits

Peace Studies Elective required courses (6 credits required):

POLS/WST 374 Woman and Politics -- 3 credits
OR
WST/PHIL 456 Feminist Theory and Action -- 3 credits
 
POLS 381 Theories of Justice -- 3 credits
POLS 372 Power and Resistance -- 3 credits

Foreign language skills are strongly recommended. Students should have at least two years of foreign languages.

Political Science Major - Political Theory Concentration Requirements

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
POLS 499 Senior Seminar -- 3 credits

Introductory Political Theory required courses (6 credits required):

POLS/PHIL 262 Introduction to Political Theory -- 3 credits
POLS 265 Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3 credits

Advanced Political Theory required courses (12 credits required):

POLS 372 Power and Resistance -- 3 credits
POLS 376 Theories of Human Rights -- 3 credits
PHIL 211 Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3 credits
POLS 381 Theories of Justice -- 3 credits
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits
WST/PHIL 456 Feminist Theory and Action -- 3 credits

Political Theory Elective required courses (9 credits required):

HIST 412 Socialism in the West: Theory & Practice -- 3 credits
OR
HIST 415 The History of Nationalism in Europe -- 3 credits
 
SOCI 371 The Sociological Tradition -- 3 credits
OR
PHIL 340 Enlightenment, Freedom, and Alienation -- 3 credits
 
POLS 345 Theories of War and Peace -- 3 credits
OR
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits

Political Science Major - Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) Requirements

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First ear Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
POLS 499 Senior Seminar -- 3 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 150 American National Government -- 3 credits
OR
FNS 15 Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3 credits
 
POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government -- 3 credits

Advanced American Politics required courses (12 credits required):

POLS 361 Campaigns and Elections -- 3 credits
POLS/WST 374 Women and Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 465 Congress and the Presidency -- 3 credits
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits

American Politics Electives required courses (3 credits required):

LSTU 450 US Constitutional Law I
OR
LSTU 321 Judicial Process - 3 credits
 
POLS 352 Paths to Peace
OR
POLS 372 Power and Resistance - credits

Social Science Education required course (3 credits required):

SSEd 339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education - 3 credits

Certification to teach also requires completion of a series of Wisconsin Teacher Certification (DPI) requirements. See the Teacher Education section of this catalog for details.

Political Science Minor

24 total credits

All students minoring in political science must complete a six credit set of political core requirements along with concentration in either American Politics, Peace Studies or Political Theory.

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits

Students must complete either:

  • American Politics minor requirements
  • Peace Studies minor requirements
  • Political Theory minor requirements

American Politics Minor Requirements

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 150 American National Government -- 3 credits
OR
FNS 151 Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3 credits
 
POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government -- 3 credits

Advanced Political Science Elective required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 361 Campaigns and Elections -- 3 credits
POLS/WST 374 Women and Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 465 Congress and the Presidency -- 3 credits
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits

Peace Studies Minor Requirements

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits

Introductory Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems -- 3 credits
POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3 credits
POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics -- 3 credits

Advanced Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 352 Paths to Peace -- 3 credits
 
POLS 353 Human Rights, International Law and War and Peace
OR
POLS 376 Theories of Human Rights -- 3 credits
 
POLS 345 Theories of War and Peace -- 3 credits
POLS 356 Seminar in Peacebuilding -- 3 credits
 
POLS/WST 374 Women and Politics -- 3 credits
OR
PHIL/WST 456 Feminist Theory and Action -- 3 credits
 
POLS 381 Theories of Justice -- 3 credits
POLS 372 Power and Resistance -- 3 credits

Foreign language skills are strongly recommended. Students should have at least two years of foreign languages.

Political Theory Minor Requirements

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits

Introductory Political Theory required courses (9 credits required):

POLS/PHIL 262 Introduction to Political Theory -- 3 credits
POLS 265 Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3 credits
PHIL/WST 456 Feminist Theory and Action -- 3 credits
POLS 381 Theories of Justice -- 3 credits

Advanced Political Theory and Elective required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 372 Power and Resistance -- 3 credits
POLS 376 Theories of Human Rights -- 3 credits
 
PHIL 211 Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3 credits
OR
PHIL 340 Enlightenment, Freedom, and Alienation -- 3 credits
 
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits
 
POLS 345 Theories of War and Peace -- 3 credits
OR
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits

Political Science Minor - Secondary Education Certification Requirements

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 100 The Practice of Politics and Political Science -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 114 First Year Seminar: Arab-Israeli Conflict -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 104 First Year Seminar: The Freak Show: American Campaigns & Elections -- 3 credits
OR
FYS 101 First Year Seminar: Genocide -- 3 credits
 
POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

POLS 150 American National Government -- 3 credits
OR
FNS 151 Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3 credits
 
POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government -- 3 credits

Advanced Political Science Elective required courses (6 credits required):

POLS 361 Campaigns and Elections -- 3 credits
POLS/WST 374 Women and Politics -- 3 credits
POLS 465 Congress and the Presidency-- 3 credits
POLS 420 Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3 credits
POLS 397 American Conservative Political Thought -- 3 credits

Social Science Education course requirement (3 credits required):

SSEd 339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education -- 3 credits

Certification to teach also requires completion of a series of Wisconsin Teacher Certification (DPI) requirements. See the Teacher Education section of the catalog for details.

Broad Field Social Studies Major - Political Science Concentration

Students interested in teaching Political Science at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) are encouraged to consider the Broad Field Social Studies Major with an American Politics Concentration. Broad Field Social Studies is a comprehensive inter-disciplinary major designed specifically for students who intend to teach within the social studies disciplines at the secondary level. For more information, see the Broad Field Social Studies section of this catalog.


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