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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

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 Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Political Science: Political Science 101, 105, 115, 245, 401
  • Other Requirements: 21 units (crs.) in Political Science to include at least one course each from the four different subfields in Groups One through Four of the Course Offerings. Group Five-Public Administration courses and Group Six-Special courses count toward the Political Science Major as electives.
  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.
  • Course Offerings:
    • Group 1 American Government courses: Political Science 253, 302, 304, 305, 306, 310, 315, 316, 321, 324, 330, 335, 350, 354, 365, 366, 370, 380, 392, 394.
    • Group 2 Political Theory courses: Political Science 349, 355, 372, 377, 378, 390.
    • Group 3 Comparative Government courses: Political Science 303, 309, 311, 323, 328, 336, 339, 373, 379, 386.
    • Group 4 International Relations and Organizations courses: Political Science 301, 308, 313, 317, 322, 352, 374, 376, 383, 388, 393.
    • Group 5 Public Administration courses: Public Administration 102, 221, 307, 361, 362/562, 363/563, 364/564, 365, 366, 369/569, 390, 391/591, 375.
    • Group 6 Special courses: Political Science 108, 111, 112, 113, 114, 116, 214, 261, 312, 329, 346, 351, 396, 446, 456, 474. These do not meet the 4 Group Requirement.
  • Course Substitutions: Political Science 107 may be substituted for Political Science 101; Political Science 106 may be substituted for Political Science 105.
  • Comment: No more than six units (crs.) in Independent Study and no more than six units (crs.) of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied toward the major. The Political Science Department will permit specific courses to be counted as electives towards the Political Science unit (cr.) requirement.
    • Urban Planning majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Urban Planning 131, 300/500, 317/517, 320/520, 351 and 410.
    • Interdisciplinary Studies majors may count the following course as an elective toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Interdisciplinary Studies 312.
    • International Studies majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: International Studies 205, 206, 207 and 402.
    • Criminal Justice majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Criminal Justice 103, 212, 218, 270, 288, 319, 340/540, 348 and 358.

Civic Engagement Emphasis

The Civic Engagement Emphasis is open to Political Science majors. This emphasis will prepare students for active participation in and positive contributions in public service.

  • Required Courses: 21 units (crs.)
    • Political Science 108 or 355 or 378
    • Communication 319 or Journalism 211
    • One of the following:
      • an internship experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator
      • a service learning experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator (Interdisciplinary Studies 366 or 367)
      • a semester long study abroad experience (3 crs. min.) which has been taken for UW Oshkosh credit and approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator
      • One of the following two tracks:

1. Domestic Track:

    • 12 credits from the following courses:
      • History 369
      • Political Science 310, 315, 321, 329, 335, 350, 365, 380
      • Sociology 311, 342
      • Public Administration 363

2. International Track:

    • 12 credits from the following courses:
      • Anthropology 338, 380
      • Political Science 301, 303, 308, 328, 329, 350, 386, 388, 393
      • Sociology 347

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