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    Political Science Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - BS

    Admission requirements for STEP Program

    (Teacher certification program: early-adolescence-adolescence)

    37 credits, at least 19 credits of which must be at the 300/400 level

    Political science foundation:
    POL 101American National Government3
    POL 102State and Local Government3
    Select one course from:3
    Contemporary Global Issues 1
    Comparative Politics
    International Relations
    POL 251Political Theory3
    Select one course from:3
    Political Inquiry and Analysis 2
    Research Methods in Politics and Government 3, 4
    POL 408Teaching and Learning History & Social Studies in the Secondary School4
    POL 494Capstone Seminar in Politics and Government3
    Political science areas of inquiry:
    Select three credits at the 300/400 level in three of the following four areas of inquiry (see below):9
    American government
    Comparative politics
    International relations
    Political theory
    Political science electives:
    Select an additional six credits of electives from political science (POL) or public policy (PUB 330, PUB 332, PUB 334, PUB 338) courses not used to satisfy the above requirements.6
    Total Credits37

    Students may not take POL 202 Contemporary Global Issues (3 cr.) if they have already taken ANT 202ECO 202GEO 202HIS 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) course may be applied to the political science education major.

    Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments (3 cr.) and EFN 200 Cooperatives (1 cr.) to fulfill statutory licensing requirements. Credits do not count toward the political science education major.

    Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

    American government

    POL 221The American Legal System3
    POL 222Law, Governance and Politics3
    POL 301American Presidency3
    POL 302Legislative Process3
    POL 303Wisconsin Government and Politics3
    POL 304Politics and the Media3
    POL 305Political Parties3
    POL 306Judicial Process3
    POL 307Political Language and Communications3
    POL 308Interest Group Politics3
    POL 309Identity Politics3
    POL 310Public Opinion and Political Behavior3
    POL 326Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy3
    POL 329Mock Trial II: Preparation2
    POL 370Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government3
    POL 371Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment3
    POL 372Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination3
    POL 373Constitutional Law IV: Rights of the Accused3
    POL 374Constitutional Law V: Right to Life3
    POL 375Constitutional Law VI: Criminal Procedure3
    POL 376Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law3
    POL 377Constitutional Law VIII: 1787 and Original Intent3

    Comparative politics

    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 433Women and Politics in Asia3
    POL 436Women and Politics in the Middle East3
    POL 437Women and Politics in Africa3
    POL 439Women and Politics in Latin America3

    International relations

    POL 340American Foreign Policy3
    POL 341America and the World3
    POL 344Global Governance3
    POL 345International Law3
    POL 346Model UN: The United Nations System3
    POL 446Model UN: International Diplomacy3

    Political theory

    POL 350American Political Theory3
    POL 351Classical Political Theory3
    POL 353Modern and Contemporary Political Theory3
    POL 355Political Ideologies3

    Other courses

    POL 201Introduction to Political Science3
    POL 205Women and Politics3
    POL 212Search for Economic Justice3
    POL 215Politics and Film3
    POL 250Leadership and Engagement1-2
    POL 400Political Forum2-3
    POL 450Internship in Political Science1-12
    POL 451Internship in Criminal Justice3
    POL 498Honors/Graduate Reading & Research in Political Science2-3
    POL 499Independent Study in Political Science1-3
    PUB 330Public Policy3
    PUB 332Urban Policy3
    PUB 334Health Policy3
    PUB 338Environmental Policy3

    All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), 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.

    Baccalaureate degree requirements

    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.

    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.

    Year 1
    CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3Gen Ed Elective3
    MIC 100 (or BIO 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Life))4ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written )3
    HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Math4
    POL 101 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
    EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3PSY 2123
     16 15
    Year 2
    Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3PSY 3703
    Gen Ed Arts2-3University Elective3
    POL 2513EDS 3092
    EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3POL 261 or 3612,3,43
    Gen Ed Hum-Lit3POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
    Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4 
     17 14
    Year 3
    POL 202 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3POL Areas of Inquiry3
    GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3EDS 3514
    POL Elective3POL Elective3
    Natural Lab Science (Physical)4POL 353 (POL Areas of Inquiry)3
    POL Areas of Inquiry3SPE 4013
    Apply to the STEP Program1  
     16 16
    Year 4
    POL 4084EDS 4921
    POL Elective3EDS 494512
    EDS 3192 
    POL 4943 
    EFN 2001 
     13 13
    Total Credits: 120

    Students need a 2.75 GPA and passing basic skills test scores. See the STEP Admissions website for details.


    Students who complete POL 261 to satisfy this requirement must take at least three credits of 300/400-level electives.


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


    POL 361 is a requirement for the Political Science and/or Public Administration Honors Program.


    See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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