Political Science

Faculty Top of Page

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

Political Science Major Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program. 

 

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

Social Science Research Methods -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Sex, Scandal, and Corruption in U.S. Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

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

Advance Political Science Electives (18 credits required):

Students must take at least one course from each category:

American Politics

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 credits

Peace Studies

War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits

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

Political Theory

Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Students are strongly encouraged to take:

2 years of a world language

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits

Political Science Minor Requirements 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

Social Science Research Methods -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Sex, Scandal, and Corruption in U.S. Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required:

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

Advanced Political Science Electives (9 credits required):

Students must take at least one course from each category:

American Politics:

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 credits

Peace Studies:

War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits

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
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

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

Social Science Research Methods -- 3.00 credits
Senior Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Sex, Scandal, and Corruption in U.S. Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

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

Advance Political Science Electives (15 credits required):

Students must take at least one course from each category:

American Politics

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 credits

Peace Studies

War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits

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

Political Theory

Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Social Science Education required course (3 credits required):

Secondary Methods in Social Studies 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 within the social studies disciplines at the secondary level. For more information, see the Broad Field Social Studies section of this catalog.

Political Science Program Description Top of Page

Active citizenship is the foundation of the Political Science program at UW-Superior. We offer courses that are designed to create students who can study the roots of problems, formulate creative solutions to existing local, state, national and international problems, and develop strategies that ultimately address and solve them.

We offer students three emphasis areas in the Political Science Liberal Arts Major:

  • American Politics
  • International Peace Studies
  • Political Theory

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

Social Science Research Methods -- 3.00 credits

Introductory Courses (6 credits required):

Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Sex, Scandal, and Corruption in U.S. Politics -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Issues (3 credits required):

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

Advanced Political Science Electives (6 credits required):

American Politics

Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Biotechnology Policy and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 2.00 - 10.00 credits

Peace Studies

War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits

or

War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits

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

Political Theory

Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Social Science Education required course (3 credits required):

Secondary Methods in Social Studies 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.

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