2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

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.

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
POL 408Teaching and Learning History and 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

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 Research in Politics and Government3
POL 499Independent Study in Political Science1-3
PUB 330Public Policy3
PUB 332Urban Policy3
PUB 334Health Policy3
PUB 338Environmental Policy3

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:

  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 UWL 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 UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. 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.

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.

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 16
Year 2
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3PSY 3703
POL 2513University Elective3
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3EDS 3092
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3POL 261 or 3612,33
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
 15 14
Year 3
POL 202 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3POL Areas of Inquiry (300/400 level)3
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 Inquiry (300/400 level)3SPE 4013
Apply to the STEP Program1  
 16 16
Year 4
POL 4084EDS 4921
POL Elective3EDS 494412
POL 4943 
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
EFN 2001 
 14 13
Total Credits: 120
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