(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)
30 credits, at least 15 credits of which must be at the 300/400 level.
Students may not take POL 202 Contemporary Global Issues (3 cr.) if they have already taken ANT 202, ECO 202, GEO 202, HIS 202, or SOC 202 Contemporary Global Issues (3 cr.). Instead, these students must take either POL 234 Comparative Politics (3 cr.) or POL 244 International Relations (3 cr.) to satisfy this requirement.
Students who complete POL 261 Political Inquiry and Analysis (3 cr.) to satisfy this requirement must take at least three credits of 300/400-level electives.
MTH 145 Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) is a required prerequisite of POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.).
POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.) is a requirement for the political science and/or public administration honors program.
A maximum of three credits from each repeatable political science (POL) or public administration (PUB) course may be applied to the political science major.
Political science majors may count a maximum of nine credits towards a public administration major or six credits towards a public administration minor.
All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:
Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). This sample plan also assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan. Actual degree plans may differ. Some courses may not be offered every term. Review course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UW-L in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program General education (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UW-L. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education curriculum. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Consult with your advisor and/or the assistant to the dean in your college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career.
At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.
Political science majors have the option of taking POL 261 or POL 361; however, students considering graduate school are encouraged to take both. Additionally, the Political Science and Public Administration Honors Program requires students to complete POL 361.