UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

POLITICAL SCIENCE


Zillur R. Khan, Chairperson
Department Office: Clow Faculty, Room 425
Department Telephone: 920-424-3456

Code 81 or PUB ADM, 84 or POL SCI

I. FACULTY

Bickford, deHoyos, Dolan, Gruberg, Khan, Simmons, Underwood

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Political Science can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this program: Master of Public Administration.

For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)

Political Science is the systematic study of governments and political structures, processes, and policies, using institutional, quantitative, and philosophical approaches. The goals of the Political Science Department are to provide students with an understanding of: 1) the theoretical, historical and contemporary background of governments and politics; 2) the various political systems of the world; 3) contemporary value controversies of political theory and ideology; 4) current issues of American and comparative public policy and administration; 5) methodological and analytical tools of the discipline; and 6) global issues and the theories and practice of international relations. Finally, the Department offers students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to practical policies and administration through internship and independent studies.

2. THE MAJOR(S)

The Department offers a Political Science Major.

3. THE MINOR(S)

The Department offers 2 minor(s): 1) Political Science Minor, 2) Public Administration Minor.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Political Science major or minor. Refer to the following sections for complete major/minor course requirements.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

See sections following for courses required in specialized area(s) of study.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR

Recommended for students who intend graduate study, or careers in fields such as government service, business and industry, or in professions such as law and journalism.

Required Credits: 36 minimum

Required Courses:

Other Requirements: 24 credits in Political Science to include at least one course each from four different groups in Groups One through Five of the Course Offerings.

81 prefix course will continue to be considered with all 84 prefix courses toward the Political Science Major and Minor.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Course Offerings:

Course Substitutions: 84-107 may be substituted for 84-101; 84-106 may be substituted for 84-105.

Comments:

No more than 6 credits in Independent Study and no more than 6 credits of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied toward the major. The Political Science Department will not accept course substitutions from other departments for its Group requirements. It will, however, permit specific courses to be counted towards the Political Science 36-credit requirement.
1. Urban and Regional Studies majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36-credit requirement: 99-131; 99-300/500; 99-317/517; 99-320/520; 99-351, 99-410.

2. Interdisciplinary Studies majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36-credit requirement: 94-235, 94-312, and 98-370.

3. International Studies majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36-credit requirement: 59-150; 59-205; 59-206; 59-207; and 59-402.

4. Criminal Justice majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36-credit requirement: 35-103; 35-212; 35-218; 35-244; 35-270; 35-288, 35-319; 35-340/540; 35-348; 35-358.

2. LEGAL STUDIES EMPHASIS

Legal Studies Emphasis is open to all majors of all departments from all colleges of this University. This emphasis is to allow the student to focus additional study in public law. It is intended for students who want to prepare for their postgraduate law studies.

Required Courses: 12 crs.

Group A: 84-253

Group B: One of the following courses: 28-323 or 18-415

Group C: Any two of the following courses: 12-412, 28-321, 28-336, 28-338, 28-403, 28-404, 28-422, 35-218, 35-270, 35-319, 35-328, 35-348, 61-412, 76-330, 81-307, 84-305, 84-306, 84-330, 84-392, 99-317.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR

Required Credits: 24 minimum

Required Courses:

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

81 prefix course will continue to be considered with all 84 prefix courses toward the Political Science Major and Minor.

Comment:

No more than 3 credits in Independent Study and no more than 3 credits of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied to the Minor.

2. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MINOR

James Simmons, Director Public Administration
Department Office: Clow Faculty, Room 418
Department Telephone: 920-424-7165

Recommended for students who wish to acquire administrative skills and knowledge in preparation for careers in the public sector.

Required Credits: 24 minimum

Required Courses:

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these studies:

Course Substitutions: 35-212 may be substituted for 81-221.

Comment:

Students are expected to complete a 3 credit internship for the Public Administration minor.

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Last Updated July 1, 1999