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

At least 18 credits from courses numbered 300 or above.

Political Science Core required courses (9 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

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

Topic:  Genocide

or

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

Topic:  Reacting to the Past

Research in Political Science -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

 

Advance Political Science Electives (18 credits required):

Students must take at least one course from each category:
 

American Politics

Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 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

Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
 
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Political Theory

Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 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


Students are strongly encouraged to take:

2 years of foreign language

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Political Science Major - Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) 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- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Topic:  Genocide

or

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

Topic:  Reacting to the Past

Research in Political Science -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Advance Political Science Electives (15 credits required):

Students must take at least one course from each category:

American Politics

Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 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

Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Political Theory

Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 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

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.

 

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 a Political Science Concentration.  Broad Field Social Studies is a comprehensive inter-disciplinary major designed specifically for students who intend to teach withing the social studies disciplines at the secondary level.  For more information, see the Broad Field Social Studies section of this catalog.

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- Humanities/History -- 3.00 credits

Topic:  Genocide

or

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

Topic:  Reacting to the Past

Research in Political Science -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Advanced Political Science Electives (6 credits required):

American Politics

Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 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

Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Political Theory

Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 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

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.

Political Science Minor Top of Page

24 total credits

At least 9 credits from courses numbered 300 or above.

Political Science Core required courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits

or

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

Topic:  Genocide

or

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

Topic:  Reacting to the Past

Research in Political Science -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Theory -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required:

Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Political Theory -- 3.00 credits

Advanced Political Science Electives (9 credits required):

American Politics:

Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 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:

Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits

Political Theory

Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 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

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