Political Science - Academic Programs - 2012-14 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science

Faculty Top of Page

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

Program Description Top of Page

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 Top of Page

  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 Top of Page

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):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Students must complete either:

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

Political Science Major - American Politics Concentration Requirements Top of Page

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

American National Government -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Advanced American Politics required courses (12 credits required):

Campaigns and Elections -- 3.00 credits

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

American Politics Electives required courses (6 credits required):

U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I -- 3.00 credits

or

Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits

Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits

or

Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Political Science Major - Peace Studies Concentration Requirements Top of Page

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in World Politics -- 3.00 credits

Advanced Peace Studies required courses (12 credits required):

Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
Seminar in Peacebuilding -- 3.00 credits

Peace Studies Elective required courses (6 credits required):

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

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

Political Science Major - Political Theory Concentration Requirements Top of Page

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Political Theory required courses (6 credits required):

Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Advanced Political Theory required courses (12 credits required):

Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Political Theory Elective required courses (9 credits required):

Socialism in the West: Theory and Practice -- 3.00 credits

or

The History of Nationalism in Europe -- 3.00 credits

Social Theory -- 3.00 credits

or

Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits

Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits

or

Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits

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

36 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

American National Government -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Advanced American Politics required courses (12 credits required):

Campaigns and Elections -- 3.00 credits

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

American Politics Electives required courses (3 credits required):

U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I -- 3.00 credits

or

Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits

Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits

or

Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Social Science Education required course (3 credits required):

Secondary Methods in Social Science Education -- 3.00 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 Top of Page

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):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits

Students must complete either:

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

American Politics Minor Requirements Top of Page

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

American National Government -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

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

Campaigns and Elections -- 3.00 credits

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

Peace Studies Minor Requirements Top of Page

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in World Politics -- 3.00 credits

Advanced Peace Studies required courses (9 credits required):

Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits

International Law -- 3.00 credits

or

Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits

Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
Seminar in Peacebuilding -- 3.00 credits

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

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

Political Theory Minor Requirements Top of Page

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Political Theory required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

or

Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits

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

Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits

or

Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits

American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits

or

Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits

Political Science Minor - Secondary Education Certification Requirements Top of Page

24 total credits

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

First Year Seminar-Social Sciences,Non Western -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar-Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

First-Year Seminar- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Research Design -- 3.00 credits

Introductory American Politics required courses (9 credits required):

American National Government -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

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

Campaigns and Elections -- 3.00 credits

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

or

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits

Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits

Social Science Education course requirement (3 credits required):

Secondary Methods in Social Science Education -- 3.00 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 Top of Page

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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