UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #2
FORM B: DISCIPLINE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS
(Submit to Division Chair)
Note: All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.
See instructions given in separate document.
I. Introductory Statement:
This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.
Political science course descriptions follow.
Students who complete the political science
major are able to critically analyze not only the behavior of
political actors, but also their respective political institutions
and political systems. The main objectives of the political
science major are to enable students to use strong analytical
skills and critical thinking in their analysis of theories,
institutions, and processes in political science. The program
prepares students for work in government and private
business, and it prepares students for additional training in
law and graduate programs.
A political science major is expected to show knowledge of
political institutions, behavior, and processes in domestic
and/or international settings. Students learn how and why
governments are structured, operate, make policy, and
manage social conflict. A political science major is expected
to demonstrate a critical understanding of the major schools
of political thought. Upon completion of the major, students
of political science:
1) have the ability to critically analyze, interpret, and
synthesize the theories that are prevalent in a major subfield
of political science
2) are more empowered to participate in government due to
increased familiarity with politics and government
3) are adequately prepared for entrance into graduate or
IV. Requirements for a Major:
Major Requirements include a minimum of 36 credits taken within the political science discipline, as well as either Math 1601 or Math 2601. Courses taken within political science must include:
Pol 1101Introduction to Political Science
In addition, Political science majors must complete all of the requirements in at least one of the following subfields:
Subfield I: American Politics
Subfield II: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Subfield III: Political Theory
Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the major requirements.
Finally, political science majors are required to construct an academic portfolio. See the division office for details about the contents and the deadlines for submission.
Students are strongly encouraged to take lower division courses in each of the four subfields. In addition, the political science discipline strongly recommends that students take advantage of opportunities in internships, field studies, and study abroad.
V. Requirements for a Minor:
The political science minor requires at least 20 political
science credits. Minors must complete:
Pol 1101 Introduction to Political Science
And at least 8 upper division Pol 3xxx credits
Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the
VI. Requirements for Teacher Preparation:
Students seeking teaching licensure in any of the social
sciences must complete a social science major. Political
science majors seeking teaching licensure must also
complete a social science major and the required
professional education courses, including methods and
student teaching in social studies. Required courses may not
be taken S-N unless offered S-N only.
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