Political Science Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - BS
Political science is the study of governments, policies, institutions, and the behavior of participants in the political world. Using humanistic and scientific approaches, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods, the field of political science examines political structures both inside and outside government with the goal of better understanding how they function, and the ways in which they change the world over time. The study of political science includes four subfields of specialization: American government and politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Political science education students are prepared to teach a range of civics, social studies, and government courses.
(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 101||American National Government||3|
|POL 102||State and Local Government||3|
|Select one course from:||3|
|Contemporary Global Issues 1|
|POL 251||Political Theory||3|
|Select one course from:||3|
|Political Inquiry and Analysis 2|
|Research Methods in Politics and Government 3|
|POL 408||Teaching and Learning History and Social Studies in the Secondary School||4|
|POL 494||Capstone Seminar in Politics and Government||3|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
|POL 221||The American Legal System||3|
|POL 222||Law, Governance and Politics||3|
|POL 301||American Presidency||3|
|POL 302||Legislative Process||3|
|POL 303||Wisconsin Government and Politics||3|
|POL 304||Politics and the Media||3|
|POL 305||Political Parties||3|
|POL 306||Judicial Process||3|
|POL 307||Political Language and Communications||3|
|POL 308||Interest Group Politics||3|
|POL 309||Identity Politics||3|
|POL 310||Public Opinion and Political Behavior||3|
|POL 326||Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy||3|
|POL 329||Mock Trial II: Preparation||2|
|POL 370||Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government||3|
|POL 371||Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment||3|
|POL 372||Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination||3|
|POL 373||Constitutional Law IV: Rights of the Accused||3|
|POL 374||Constitutional Law V: Right to Life||3|
|POL 375||Constitutional Law VI: Criminal Procedure||3|
|POL 376||Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law||3|
|POL 377||Constitutional Law VIII: 1787 and Original Intent||3|
|POL 330||Politics of Developing Areas||3|
|POL 331||Politics of Democratization||3|
|POL 333||Asian Government and Politics||3|
|POL 334||Post-Communist Politics||3|
|POL 336||Middle Eastern Government and Politics||3|
|POL 337||African Government and Politics||3|
|POL 338||European Government and Politics||3|
|POL 339||Contemporary Latin America||3|
|POL 433||Women and Politics in Asia||3|
|POL 436||Women and Politics in the Middle East||3|
|POL 437||Women and Politics in Africa||3|
|POL 439||Women and Politics in Latin America||3|
|POL 340||American Foreign Policy||3|
|POL 341||America and the World||3|
|POL 344||Global Governance||3|
|POL 345||International Law||3|
|POL 346||Model UN: The United Nations System||3|
|POL 446||Model UN: International Diplomacy||3|
|POL 350||American Political Theory||3|
|POL 351||Classical Political Theory||3|
|POL 353||Modern and Contemporary Political Theory||3|
|POL 355||Political Ideologies||3|
|POL 201||Introduction to Political Science||3|
|POL 205||Women and Politics||3|
|POL 212||Search for Economic Justice||3|
|POL 215||Politics and Film||3|
|POL 250||Leadership and Engagement||1-2|
|POL 400||Political Forum||2-3|
|POL 450||Internship in Political Science||1-12|
|POL 451||Internship in Criminal Justice||3|
|POL 498||Honors Research in Politics and Government||3|
|POL 499||Independent Study in Political Science||1-3|
|PUB 330||Public Policy||3|
|PUB 332||Urban Policy||3|
|PUB 334||Health Policy||3|
|PUB 338||Environmental Policy||3|
All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, 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:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- 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 UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in 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 apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply 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 courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the 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 UWL 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
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. 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). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school 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. Actual degree plans may differ.
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|MIC 100 (or BIO 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Life))||4||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written )||3|
|HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||Gen Ed Math||4|
|POL 101 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)||3||PSY 212||3|
|Gen Ed Health & Well-Being||3||PSY 370||3|
|POL 251||3||University Elective||3|
|EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3||EDS 309||2|
|Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3||POL 261 or 3612,3||3|
|Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems||3-4||POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3|
|POL 202 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3||POL Areas of Inquiry (300/400 level)||3|
|GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3||EDS 351||4|
|POL Elective||3||POL Elective||3|
|Natural Lab Science (Physical)||4||POL 353 (POL Areas of Inquiry)||3|
|POL Areas of Inquiry (300/400 level)||3||SPE 401||3|
|Apply to the STEP Program1|
|POL 408||4||EDS 492||1|
|POL Elective||3||EDS 4944||12|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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.
See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.