Political Science

https://www.uwgb.edu/political-science/

(Bachelor of Arts)

Political Science is concerned with the systematic study of political behavior, governmental institutions and policy-making processes, public policies and their implementation, and political values in local, state, national, cross-national and international settings.

The program acquaints students with the structure and operation of political systems; the cultural, social, economic, and ideological context of these systems; the major philosophical questions and relevance to understanding modern political phenomena; and the major methods of inquiry and analysis used in the contemporary study of politics, government and public policy.

Political Science is a major often chosen by students who plan to attend law school. It is useful as well for students anticipating careers in journalism, planning, education, business, foreign service, politics, and public service positions with private and public agencies at the local, state, regional, federal, and international levels.

Political Science majors have entered graduate study in political science, public administration, education, and related fields.  Many students choose complimentary minors, such as Public Administration, Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning, Communication, Democracy and Justice Studies, and Business Administration.

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Major

Supporting Courses13
Global Politics and Society
American Government and Politics
Introduction to Public Policy
Introduction to Public Administration
Choose one of the following:
Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Social Science Statistics
Upper-Level Courses24
Core Courses
Comparative Politics
Political Theory
American Political Thought
Choose one of the following:
International Relations
Foreign and Defense Policies
Choose one of the following:
Congress: Politics and Policy
Political Behavior
Constitutional Law
Choose 12 additional credits from the following list, not taken above:
Law and Society
Gender and the Law
German Politics and Society
Environmental Politics and Policy
Urban Politics and Policy
Regulatory Policy and Administration
The American Presidency
Community Politics
Administrative Law
Congress: Politics and Policy
Political Behavior
Constitutional Law
American Political Thought
Politics of Developing Areas
International Relations
Foreign and Defense Policies
Global Environmental Politics and Policy
State and Local Government
Public Policy Analysis
Senior Seminar/Capstone in Political Science
Internship
Independent Study
Travel Course
Environmental Law
Total Credits37

Minor

Supporting Courses6
Choose two of the following:
Global Politics and Society
American Government and Politics
Introduction to Public Policy
Introduction to Public Administration
Upper-Level Courses12
Choose four of the following:
Gender and the Law
German Politics and Society
Environmental Politics and Policy
Urban Politics and Policy
Regulatory Policy and Administration
The American Presidency
Community Politics
Administrative Law
Congress: Politics and Policy
Political Behavior
Constitutional Law
Political Theory
American Political Thought
Comparative Politics
Politics of Developing Areas
International Relations
Foreign and Defense Policies
Global Environmental Politics and Policy
State and Local Government
Public Policy Analysis
Internship
Independent Study
Travel Course
Total Credits18

Curriculum Guide

The following is only an example of a four-year Political Science degree program and is subject to change without notice. Students should consult a Political Science program advisor to ensure that they have the most accurate and up-to-date information available about a particular four-year degree option.

An example: Four year plan for Political Science Major; Minor in Public Administration
120 credits necessary to graduate.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
POL SCI 101 American Government and Politics 3
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
POL SCI 100 Global Politics and Society 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
POL SCI 202 Introduction to Public Policy 3
POL SCI 340 Political Theory 3
BUS ADM 220
Business Statistics
or Social Science Statistics
or Introductory Statistics
3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
POL SCI 351 Comparative Politics 3
PU EN AF 215 Introduction to Public Administration 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
PU EN AF 315 Public and Non-Profit Management 3
POL SCI 318 Political Behavior 3
POL SCI 320 Constitutional Law 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
POL SCI 316 Congress: Politics and Policy 3
POL SCI 370 Foreign and Defense Policies 3
POL SCI Upper Level Elective 3
Elective 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
PU EN AF 408 Public Policy Analysis 3
POL SCI Upper Level Elective (could include one counting toward Public Administration minor) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
POL SCI Upper Level Elective (could include one counting toward Public Adminstration minor) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Faculty

Ekaterina M Levintova; Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University, chair

Aaron C Weinschenk; Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Alise Coen; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware

David J Helpap; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Elizabeth E Wheat; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University*