Political Science/Public Administration (POL)

College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Cecilia Manrique
421A Wimberly Hall,
(608)785-6642
email: manrique.ceci@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/PoliSci

Professors: Bigel, Heim, Manrique, Reithel, Rodgers;
Associate Professor: Freeman, R.;
Assistant Professors: Arney, Jo, McDougal, Shadforth;
Lecturers: Ames, Arney, Jeremy, Doyle, Medinger.

Political Science Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits – POL 101, 361, 494 and electives, of which 18 credits must be at the 300/400-level. (A maximum of nine credits from course numbers 370-377 may be counted toward the major.) Students are required to take at least one course in three of the following subfields of the discipline:

  1. American Politics — POL 102, 201, 205, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 342, 365, 410, 472
  2. Legal Studies — POL 221, 222, 306, 326, 329, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377
  3. International Relations — POL 202, 246, 340, 341, 344, 345, 443
  4. Comparative Politics — POL 234, 330, 332, 333, 336, 337, 338, 339
  5. Political Philosophy — POL 251, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356
  6. Public Policy/Public Administration — POL 211, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 416, 420.

Each student majoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study.

Political Science Major

(Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits – (38 total credits including DPI requirements) POL 101, 102, 201, 202, 300, 353 or 354, 371 or 372 or 375, 495 (three credits) and electives in political science. GEO 200, EFN 200 and CI 381 also are required.

Political Science Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 21 credits – POL 101 and three credits from 361 or 495, and electives, of which nine credits must be at the 300/400 level. (A maximum of six credits from course numbers 370-377 may be counted toward the minor.) Each student minoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study.

Political Science Minor

(Teacher Certification programs) — 21 credits – (26 credits including DPI requirements) POL 101 or 102, 201, POL 202 or 234, 495 (three credits); one course from: POL 302, 305, 371, 372, or 375; and electives in political science. GEO 200, EFN 200 and CI 381 also are required.

Public Administration Major

(All colleges) - 36 credits -

  1. Required Core (18 credits): POL 211, 312, 450 (six credits), 494; ECO 120 or 110.
  2. Managerial and Organizational Skills Group (three credits): one course from POL 311, 316, 416, MGT 303, 308, 385, PSY 376, ECO 310, 402.
  3. Policy Analysis Group (3 credits): one course from POL 300, 313, 314.
  4. Research Tool Group (3 credits): POL 361.
  5. Areas of Specialization Group (nine credits): three courses required.** Students may specialize in one area or take upper division courses in two or three different areas.

Specialization courses are in addition to courses taken in sections A, B, C, or D above.

  1. Financial Administration: FIN 355, ACC 435, ECO 310, 402, 447
  2. Urban Management/Planning: POL 300, 314, 315, 410, GEO 307, 309, PSY 341, SOC 311
  3. Health Administration:  POL 317, 420, ECO 471, FIN 465, CHE 340, 453, 460, HED 486, SOC 325, 420
  4. Personnel: POL 311, MGT 303, 385, 386, 486, PSY 341, 343, 376
  5. American Policy/Implementation/ Evaluation: POL 301, 302, 303, 316, 313, 318, 342, 376, 400, 410, 495*, 499*
  6. Highly recommended General Education and elective courses: ACC 221 or 235, CS 101, MTH 145, ENG 303, 307, CST 210, 260, 360, ECO 110, 120, PSY 100, SOC 110, IS 220.

Note:

Students must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above to declare and remain a PA major, and to graduate. Public administration majors in CLS and SAH will be able to complete at most 30 credit hours in the College of Business Administration (accounting, information systems, management, marketing and finance courses). Prerequisite for College of Business Administration upper division courses is junior standing. However, students are strongly encouraged to take either ECO 110 or 120 prior to enrolling in those upper division courses. Some of the above courses require prerequisites not included as part of the major. A course can only be used in one category.

*POL 495 and POL 499 must be PA courses consistent with the category used in. Permission is required to take POL 495/499 in PA major.

 **CLS college option of not having a minor allows you to take a variety of electives in addition to the three required courses. See faculty adviser to plan your specialization.

Public Administration Minor

(All colleges) — 21 credits – POL 102, 211 and 450 (six credits); nine credits from ECO 402, POL 300 or 314, 311, 312, 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 376, 416. POL 101 is a prerequisite to the minor. POL 300, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 376, 416 and 450 (six credits) may not be counted toward a major in political science if they are included as electives for this minor.

Social Studies Major (Broadfield)

(Teacher Certification programs) - See description of this broadfield major here.

Pre-Law

Law school counselors are practically unanimous in suggesting that the best “pre-law” majors are those in which students are highly interested and prepared to devote themselves whole-heartedly. Beyond that, there are several guides: first, select a major which is intellectually rigorous, demanding and substantial. Second, there are a number of courses which are of special benefit in subsequent law school work. Accounting will be useful when encountering courses in corporations, taxes and other business areas. Courses in mathematics or statistics will acquaint students with quantitative measurement. Logic is recommended for developing powers of imaginative and incisive reasoning. History courses will provide valuable backgrounds and content as well as analytical training. Any and all English courses will improve the ability to read and write, and speech and debate will improve verbal skills. Third, a choice of a major may depend upon the kind of law practice envisioned, if such a decision can be made.

     Business and economics obviously provide an excellent background for those entering corporate practice; sociology, criminology, and social work relate well to criminal justice work; and political science and/or public administration (perhaps the most common major) will especially serve the needs of those who contemplate public service, elective or otherwise. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which covers a broad range of disciplines and gives no advantage to candidates with particular specializations.

Criminal Justice Minor

(All colleges) — 21 credits – SOC 324; six credits from: SOC 313, 321, 322, 325, 326, 330, 429 or PSY 341; six credits from: POL 211, 221, 222, 306, 311, 326, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377; three credits from: GEO/ESC 385, PHL 201, 337, PSY 304, 330, 357,  PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 417, 426, WGS 320; the remaining three  credits are electives and may be selected from any of the courses listed above, or three credits from SOC 451 or POL 451.

Note:

A maximum of three credits may be counted toward fulfillment of the criminal justice minor and another major, minor or emphasis.

Political Science and/or Public Administration Major Honors Program Requirements

The Department Honors Program seeks to provide an opportunity for in-depth research, reading, and writing for majors. The program emphasizes highly personalized student-professor contact and discussion.

The minimum requirements are:

  1. Admission
    1. Junior standing
    2. Twelve credits in the major
    3. Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the major
    4. Recommendation of two faculty members from the department
  2. Program
    1. Completion of the regular major
    2. Completion of POL 361, 496H, and 498H
    3. Passing of a terminal examination
  3. Evaluation
    1. Cumulative 3.50 grade point average in the major and a cumulative 3.25 overall grade point average at graduation
    2. Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in POL 496H
    3. Presentation of paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students
    4. Superior performance on a terminal examination in conjunction with POL 498H

+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


 

+ POL 101 Cr. 3 American National Government

An introduction to the underlying principles and values, administrative and political decision-making processes, and institutions of American national government in an international context utilizing a comparative approach. The course includes discussion, analysis and development of critical thinking skills related to public policy-making problems and current issues. The course emphasizes the development of intellectual skills associated with an informed, involved and active citizenry. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.  

+ POL 102 Cr. 3 State and Local Government

An introduction to the underlying principles of federalism and focus on the new increasing decentralization of government program responsibilities to subnational governments in the United States. This is complemented by a comparison of the complex cultural, economic and intergovernmental settings of subnational governments. Students consider the implications of different environments for citizen participation, government characteristics, policy processes, and values associated with policy outcomes. The course emphasizes constructive citizenship in an environment where subnational governments will increasingly affect their lives. Offered Fall, Spring.   

POL 201 Cr. 3 Introduction to Political Science

A general introduction to areas of study in political science. Basic concepts and approaches to the study of politics will be applied to current events. Offered occasionally.  

+ POL 202 Cr. 3 Contemporary Global Issues

This course offers a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society in the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/ SOC/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Fall, Spring.  

+ POL 205 Cr. 3 Women and Politics

An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course discusses the nature and extent of women’s political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women’s political participation and current political issues related to women. Offered Spring.  

POL 211 Cr. 3 Introduction to Public Administration

An introduction to the principles of bureaucracy, decision-making organization theory, individual and group behavior, personnel and budgetary policies, and the regulatory process within public agencies at all levels of government in the United States. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 221 Cr. 3 The American Legal System

An introductory survey of the American legal system in operation; utilizing case materials, class discussion, and hypothetical conflict situations to illustrate and study the range of problems, proceedings, actions, and remedies encountered. Offered Fall.  

POL 222 Cr. 3 Law, Governance and Politics

An examination of the numerous factors and influences acting upon and within the formal legal process, including: judicial interpretations and statutes and constitutions, litigation as a political strategy, legislation and litigation as an instrument of social change, law as a system of values, and law as a mechanism of political power and oppression. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

+ POL 234 Cr. 3 Comparative Political Systems

The course is devoted to the comparison and the critical analysis of selected topical global societies and regions. A general comparative framework will be utilized to develop a critical assessment of a representative sample of developed and developing contemporary societies. Emphasis will be given to a comparative study of institutions and their functions, various administrative and decision-making processes, and contemporary problems and issues. Finally, implications in the 21st century will also be discussed. Offered Fall.  

POL 246 Cr. 2-3 Model United Nations

An introductory level course requiring participation in a regional or national Model United Nations. Students will be required to study countries to be represented, learn basics about how the United Nations works, and research Model UN topic agendas. Offered Fall, Spring.   

POL 250 Cr. 1 Applied Practical Governance

Provides practical experience in the various styles and techniques of consensual governance. Open to any university student who serves in the UW-L Student Association, Student Senate or the Residence Hall Association Council. Pass/Fail Grading. Repeatable for credit – maximum four. Offered Fall, Spring.   

+ POL 251 Cr. 3 The Individual and the State: Values and Power

An examination of some historically and currently important issues in political philosophy concerning the relationship between the individual and the power of the state. The course focuses on a range of perennial questions in political thought. Topics addressed include the following questions: By their nature, are humans good, evil, both or neither? What is the nature and purpose of state power? Is it properly addressed only to enforce order or may it be employed to promote equality or enforce morality? Who should rule and why? What are the limits, if any, of political obligation? Can it be right to break the law? And, are there human rights beyond the reach of government power? The course emphasizes development of the intellectual skills necessary to understand and analyze the assertions of some important political philosophers on these questions. The course also strongly emphasizes the value, to both society and the individual student, of thoughtfully confronting these issues. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 300 Cr. 3 Urban Politics

An in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and problems of urban governments with special attention to metropolitan areas. Field work and the materials of contemporary urban politics will be used. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102.  Offered occasionally.  

POL 301 Cr. 3 American Presidency

The American Presidency will emphasize the development of the office, selection and institutional relations with Congress coupled with an assessment of presidential power in the modern era in domestic and foreign policy making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered annually.  

POL 302 Cr. 3 Legislative Process

Study of the organizations and behavior of legislatures and their membership at both the national and state levels. Legislative influence on the administration of the law and effect of pressure groups on the legislative process will also be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered annually.  

POL 303 Cr. 3 Wisconsin Government and Politics

An in-depth study of the governmental institutions and political system in the State of Wisconsin. Included are an examination of Wisconsin political parties, interest groups, and electoral behavior as well as institutions such as the state legislature, judiciary, governmental structures and administration. Both state and local aspects are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

POL 304 Cr. 3 Politics and the Media

A critical examination of the media in its capacity as the 4th Estate. The course will assess the special relationship that has evolved and its implication for American democracy. Special topics to be examined include: role of the media in the democratic process, limits on the media, the role of bias and opinion, the impact of distortion and propaganda, the media and the electoral process, the media’s role in creating news events, and an examination of the media/political relationship in other political systems. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Spring.  

POL 305 Cr. 3 Political Parties

An analysis of political parties and their role in the American political system. Organization, principles and practices of parties are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

POL 306 Cr. 3 Judicial Process

A detailed examination of the participants in American courts and the procedures encountered by litigants at different stages in the judicial hierarchy. Among the topics covered are the role of juries and grand juries, plea bargaining, and the manner in which judges attempt to decide cases. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered occasionally.  

POL 307 Cr. 3 Political Language and Communication

A critical examination of the language of politics and power in American society, including how political language shapes perceptions and understandings about government and politics; deception as a method of governance; symbolism, ideology, popular political culture and campaign rhetoric as sources of political power. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered annually.  

POL 311 Cr. 3 Public Personnel Administration

The study of principles and problems of public personnel management and behavior. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Fall.  

POL 312 Cr. 3 Public Budgetary Process

An examination of the public budgetary process. Included are studies of the various approaches to taxation, decision-making and policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Spring.  

POL 313 Cr. 3 Public Policy

An intensive, in-depth analysis of selected public policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system from the perspectives of the policy maker and policy analyst. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered annually.  

POL 314 Cr. 3 Urban Administration and Politics

An examination of the politics and policy problems facing urban administrators. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation, particularly the systematic approaches to urban service delivery. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered occasionally.  

POL 315 Cr. 3 Special Topics in Public Administration

An introduction and study of selected topics in public administration. Local officials, visiting lecturers, or persons specializing in a particular sub-area of public administration will be invited to present a course focusing on a particular topic. To be offered on an ad hoc basis. Prerequisite: POL 211. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.  

POL 316 Cr. 3 Ethics Management in Government

This course will include:  an introduction to ethics management; a discussion of the U.S. Constitutional and administrative environment in which  officials carry out their duties; descriptions and assessments of the tools available to elected and appointed officials who are committed to building ethical organizations;  a review of existing ethics management programs in American cities and countries; and a review of legislative and administrative measures taken by Congress, presidents, the judiciary, and the fifty states to foster ethical governance. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered alternate years.  

POL 317 Cr. 3 Health Policy

An intensive, in-depth analysis of health policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system. The perspectives of the policy maker and public policy analyst are emphasized. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

POL 318 Cr. 3 Environmental Politics and Policymaking

An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Fall.  

POL 326 Cr. 3 Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy

Mock Trial is part of an intercollegiate competition run by the American Mock Trial Association. The class consists of two parts: Mock Trial I covers trial skills (opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments) and modified evidentiary objections. Students will participate as lawyers and witnesses in practice trial problems and in the Tournament trial case. Regular classroom participation and a trial book will be required. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered Fall.  

POL 329 Cr. 2 Mock Trial II: Preparation

Mock Trial II is an intense period of preparation before the Competition itself. The Team will compete at a Regional Tournament and, if successful, the Intercollegiate National Championship. Individual Team members will compete for “All American” honors. Prerequisite: POL 326. Repeatable for credit – maximum four.  Offered Spring.  

POL 330 Cr. 3 Politics of Developing Areas

An introduction to a wide range of issues and problems impacting political development in developing nations. The focus is on political systems of selected countries, the relationships between political processes and other aspects of development and on the factors which accelerate or impede development. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. Offered occasionally.  

POL 333 Cr. 3 Asian Government and Politics

Comparison and analysis of contemporary governments and politics of the major Asian nations such as Japan, China, and India as well as the Philippines, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/ HIS 202. Offered alternate years.  

POL 336 Cr. 3 Middle Eastern Government and Politics

An examination of Middle Eastern political systems and practices. General topics covered will include: political institutions, electoral practices, political parties, policy formation, leadership selection and critical contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. Offered alternate years.  

POL 337 Cr. 3 African Government and Politics

A study of political evolution and practice on the African continent. Emphasis will be given to a regional assessment of political behavior as well as the impact of current problems on selected countries. Special focus will be given to contemporary issues and developments. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered alternate years.  

POL 338 Cr. 3 European Government and Politics

A critical comparative assessment and study of the political institutions and practices of the political systems of Europe and the European Union. All countries in Europe will be discussed, but special emphasis will be given to the political systems of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Russia. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202 or junior standing. Offered Fall.  

POL 339 Cr. 3 Contemporary Latin America

An examination of the historical interplay between cultural and developmental factors in the politics of Latin America. Issues of development and underdevelopment are examined and related to regional and international political forces. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/ GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202 or SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 203. Offered alternate years.  

POL 340 Cr. 3 The Making of American Foreign Policy

This course will cover the institutions and actors important to the making of foreign policy, the tools or instruments used in foreign policy, and defense policy. This course will feature simulation exercises in foreign policy decision making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered Fall.  

POL 341 Cr. 3 America and the World

This course will address current issues in American relations with other countries and regions of the world and with the United Nations and other international organizations. Both bilateral and/or regional and global issues will be addressed in the context of U.S. relations with particular countries and regions. Students will be required, through a variety of exercises, to critically evaluate options and alternatives for American foreign policy. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered Spring.  

POL 342 Cr. 3 Ethnic Politics in Contemporary America

This course examines social class and racial and ethnic divisions in the United States with a focus on who gets what, when and how in this political system. The political, social and economic implications of segregation, political socialization, participation, voting behavior and mobilization patterns of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and immigrant groups are studied. Offered occasionally.  

POL 344 Cr. 3 International Organization and Administration

An introduction and study of the United Nations, U.N. specialized agencies and selected other international governmental organizations (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This course will study structure and organization, voting procedure, budget and personnel practices, and political, administrative and economic issues facing international organizations in general and those selected for study in this course. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102, ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202, or junior standing. Offered Fall.  

POL 345 Cr. 3 Public International Law

Examination of contemporary public international law utilizing case studies and including study of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Case studies will focus on the norms of international law as they may apply to current international conflicts and controversies.  Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221 or 222 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202, or junior standing. Offered Spring.  

POL 350 Cr. 3 Early American Political Philosophy

A survey of American political thought from the early colonial period to the Civil War, including the ideas implicit in law, literature, and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration, and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered occasionally.  

POL 351 Cr. 3 Classical Political Philosophy

A survey of the great social and political philosophies of the western world and from ancient Greece to the Age of Reason: Plato, Aristotle, the Roman Lawyers, the Church Fathers, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Voltaire. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered occasionally.  

POL 353 Cr. 3 Modern Political Philosophy

A survey of some major political philosophies of the western world from the French Revolution through the 20th century: Burke, Mill, Bentham, Marx, Shaw, Ford, Camus, Leary, et al. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered occasionally.  

POL 354 Cr. 3 Recent American Political Philosophy

A survey of American political thought from the Civil War to the present, including the ideas implicit in law, literature and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered occasionally.  

POL 355 Cr. 3 Twentieth Century Ideologies

A survey of some major ideologies which have impacted political consciousness and behavior in the 20th century: communism, socialism, capitalism and Social Darwinism, Naziism and fascism, anarchism, liberation ideologies, protest and reform movements. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251.  Offered occasionally.  

POL 356 Cr. 3 Political Utopias

A survey of some utopian political thinkers through the ages and the imagined political cultures and systems they created: Harrington, More, Huxley, Lytton, Bellamy, Butler, Skinner, Callenbach, Orwell, Zamyatin, et al. Students will participate in a utopia design exercise. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered occasionally.  

POL 361 Cr. 3 Research Methods in Politics and Government

An analysis of politics, public policy and government administration utilizing contemporary research methods. Special emphasis is placed on the scientific method and the basic elements of research, research design, measurement, and data analysis utilizing SPSS. Prerequisite: POL 101 and six additional credits in political science. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 365 Cr. 3 Political Behavior

Political science as a “behavioral science.” A study of human behavior in political situations and the techniques for observing, measuring and classifying such behavior. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

POL 370 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government

An examination of the United States Constitution, and the role of the judiciary in elaborating its fundamental principles: Judicial Review, the Federal System, the range of National Power, and Presidential-Congressional relations. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered annually.  

POL 371 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly. This course will carefully examine U.S. Supreme Court opinions in these areas. Among the topics to be covered are the constitutional relationship between speech and conduct, separation of religion and government, definition of obscenity and pornography, and the latitude available to those who use the media and newspapers to communicate ideas. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered Spring.  

POL 372 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination

A careful examination of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on racial and gender discrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered annually.  

POL 373 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law IV: Rights of the Accused

In recent years the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a large number of opinions dealing with the rights of the accused. This subject is primarily addressed in the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments. This course will examine Court rulings in the areas of police searches and arrests, coercion in criminal proceedings, empaneling and deliberation of juries, right to counsel, and the protection against self-incrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered annually.  

POL 374 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law V: Right to Life

A careful examination of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions on capital punishment, abortion, and mercy killing, as well as other issues affecting the constitutional right to life. Prerequisite: POL 370 or 371 or 372 or 373. Offered Fall.  

POL 375 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law VI: Criminal Procedure

This course will carefully examine criminal procedure as interpreted in U.S. Supreme Court rulings pertaining to the 5th and 6th Amendments. Among the topics to be covered are protection against self-incrimination and double jeopardy, trial by jury, plea bargaining, right to counsel, and due process in the courtroom. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered annually.  

POL 376 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law

An introduction to the field of administrative regulation in the United States and its relation to the constitutional foundations, the political structures and the policies of our various governmental units. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 211 or 221. Offered annually.  

POL 377 Cr. 3 Constitutional Law VIII: Theories of Judicial Adjudication

The central inquiry in Constitutional Law, and the question which most guides the U.S. Supreme Court, is whether the intentions of the Framers of 1787 should exclusively direct justices in interpreting constitutional provisions, or if it is necessary to adjudicate cases in light of changing legal and social circumstances not known to members of the Philadelphia Convention. We will begin with a study of the 1787 Convention and then read a series of law review articles advocating both of these perspectives. Supreme Court opinions will not be covered in this course. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221, and two courses from POL 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376. Offered annually.  

POL 400 Cr. 2-3 Political Forum

Academicians and practicing politicians will be invited to address the students and lead discussion sessions on the important political questions of the time. Reading assignments, lectures and audio-visual presentations will be used to provide background information. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.  

POL 410 Cr. 3 Community Service and the Wisconsin Idea

The study of the Wisconsin Idea of Community Service and late twentieth century communitarian and service learning philosophies are examined. The course includes service learning work in non-profit and local governmental agencies as well as the study of the meaning of democracy, citizenship, personal political efficacy, leadership and political culture. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Spring.  

POL 416 Cr. 3 Nonprofit Organizations

The management of nonprofit organizations has become an increasingly important field of study given the importance and role of nonprofit organizations within our society. This course will provide students with a general overview of management practices that are specific to nonprofit organizations. Specifically, this course will examine the scope, dimensions, and roles of nonprofit organizations, particularly those designated by the IRS as 501(c) (3) in order to understand their distinctive characteristics and functions in society. Prerequisites: POL 101 or 102. Offered alternate years.  

POL 420 Cr. 3 Health Administration

Examination of the policy, political and management problems facing health administrators and policy analysts. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 and 211. Offered occasionally.  

POL 443/543 Cr. 3 Introduction to International Political Risk

An introduction to the international political, social, economic, and cultural environment for international operations. The approach is multidisciplinary, focusing on the nature of the international system, analysis of the nation-state, and the problems of operations in this environment, focusing on political risks to operational success. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.  

POL 446 Cr. 3 Advanced Model United Nations

This is an advanced level Model UN course for juniors and seniors. The course requires participation in a regional or Model United Nations. Students will be expected to research their countries, the U.N., and Model UN agenda topics and issues, and to write papers and make oral presentations appropriate for an upper division course. Prerequisites: POL 246 or junior/senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 450 Cr. 1-12 Internships in Government and Politics

An academically relevant work experience within the federal, state, or local government structure, or within other political organizations such as political parties, as arranged by the department. The experience will be supervised closely both by the local internship coordinator and the departmental staff. A written report relating the field experience to academic training will be required. Prerequisite: 15 credits in political science and/or departmental consent. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.  

POL 451 Cr. 3 Internship in Criminal Justice

An academically relevant field experience for minors in criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOC 324 and junior standing. Open only to criminal justice minors. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.  

POL 472 Cr. 3 Interest Group Politics

This course will first examine why interest groups arise, how they maintain their existence, and what sorts of interest groups exist in the United States. It will go on to investigate the strategies used by interest groups to influence public policy and the extent to which they are successful in doing so. Prerequisite: 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.  

POL 494 Cr. 3 Senior Capstone Seminar

Assessment of political science and public administration majors including a variety of written papers and oral presentations utilizing a seminar format. Prerequisite: POL 361 and senior standing and a political science and/or public administration major. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 495/595 Cr. 1-3 Seminar

Discussion and reading in the student’s area of concentration in a seminar situation. Prerequisite: senior standing, and 15 credits in political science. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.  

POL 496/596 Cr. 2-3 Honors Seminar

Discussion and reading in a seminar format and writing of a superior paper or project. Prerequisite: 21 credits in political science or public administration, senior standing, and either a political science honors program candidate or a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in political science or graduate standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 498/598 Cr. 2-3 Honors/Graduate Reading and Research in Political Science

Directed honors or graduate reading and research from reading lists under the supervision of the candidate’s faculty adviser. Designed to prepare the honors candidate for the terminal examination. Prerequisite: senior standing and an honors program candidate or graduate standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

POL 499 Cr. 1-3 Reading and Research in Political Science

Directed readings and research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing or 15 credits in political science and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Only one registration per semester. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.