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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

    POL 101American National Government3
    POL 102State and Local Government3
    POL 201Introduction to Political Science3
    POL 202Contemporary Global Issues3
    POL 300Urban Politics3
    POL 353Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy3
    Select one of the following:3
    Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment
    Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination
    Constitutional Law VI: Criminal Procedure
    POL 408Teaching and Learning History & Social Studies in the Secondary School4
    POL 495Seminar3
    Electives in political science9
    Total Credits37

    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.

    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 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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