Political Science

Faculty Top of Page

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

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

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.

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 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