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    Political Science Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

    (All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

    36 credits

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

    Must have 18 credits of 300/400 level of political science courses applicable to major.

    Political science foundation:
    POL 101American National Government3
    POL 201Introduction to Political Science3
    POL 361Research Methods in Politics and Government 13
    POL 494Senior Capstone Seminar3
    Political science subfields:
    Select one course in three of the following four subfields (see below):9
    American politics
    Legal studies 2
    Political philosophy
    Public policy/public administration
    Select one course in one of the following two subfields (see below):3
    International relations
    Comparative politics
    Political science electives:
    Select 12 credits in any Political Science course:12
    Total Credits36

    MTH 145 Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) is a required prerequisite of POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.).


    A maximum of nine credits from course numbers POL 370POL 371POL 372,POL 373POL 374POL 375POL 376POL 377 may be counted toward the major.

    American politics

    POL 102State and Local Government3
    POL 205Women and Politics (ES)3
    POL 215Politics and Film3
    POL 300Urban Politics3
    POL 301American Presidency3
    POL 302Legislative Process3
    POL 303Wisconsin Government and Politics3
    POL 304Politics and the Media3
    POL 305Political Parties3
    POL 307Political Language and Communications3
    POL 342Identity Politics3
    POL 365Public Opinion and Political Behavior3
    POL 410Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea3
    POL 472Interest Group Politics3

    Legal studies

    POL 221The American Legal System3
    POL 222Law, Governance and Politics3
    POL 306Judicial Process3
    POL 326Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy3
    POL 329Mock Trial II: Preparation 2
    POL 370Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government 23
    POL 371Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment 23
    POL 372Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination 23
    POL 373Constitutional Law IV: Rights of the Accused 23
    POL 374Constitutional Law V: Right to Life 23
    POL 375Constitutional Law VI: Criminal Procedure 23
    POL 376Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law 23
    POL 377Constitutional Law VIII: 1787 and Original Intent 23

    A maximum of nine credits from course numbers POL 370POL 371POL 372,POL 373POL 374POL 375POL 376POL 377 may be counted toward the major.

    Political philosophy

    POL 251Justice, Power, and Politics3
    POL 350American Political Philosophy3
    POL 351Classical Political Philosophy3
    POL 353Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy3
    POL 355Political Ideologies3

    Public policy/public administration

    POL 211Introduction to Public Administration3
    POL 311Public Personnel Administration3
    POL 312Public Budgeting and Finance3
    POL 313Public Policy3
    POL 314Urban Administration and Politics3
    POL 315Special Topics in Public Administration3
    POL 316Ethics Management in Government3
    POL 317Health Policy3
    POL 318Environmental Politics and Policymaking3
    POL 416Nonprofit Organizations3
    POL 420Health Administration3

    International relations

    POL 202Contemporary Global Issues3
    POL 244Global Political Systems3
    POL 340American Foreign Policy3
    POL 341America and the World3
    POL 344Politics of Global Governance3
    POL 345International Law3
    POL 346Model UN: The United Nations System3
    POL 443Introduction to International Political Risk3
    POL 446Model UN: International Diplomacy3

    Comparative politics

    POL 234Comparative Political Systems3
    POL 330Politics of Developing Areas3
    POL 331Politics of Democratization3
    POL 333Asian Government and Politics3
    POL 334Post-Communist Politics3
    POL 336Middle Eastern Government and Politics3
    POL 337African Government and Politics3
    POL 338European Government and Politics3
    POL 339Contemporary Latin America3
    POL 405Women and Politics in the Middle East3
    POL 433Women and Politics in Asia3
    POL 437Women and Politics in Africa3
    POL 439Women and Politics in Latin America3

    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. 

    CLS Bachelor of Science core requirements

    The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

    1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
    2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
    3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
    4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
    5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
    6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

    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).

    Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
    1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
    2. A social science course; and
    3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CLS alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
    4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a modern language course 102 level or higher.
    In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
    1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
    2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
    3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    Baccalaureate degrees

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

    1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
    2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
    3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
    4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
    5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
    6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. File a completed "Apply for Graduation" form via the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.

    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.

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