The Department of Political Science and Leadership Studies offers majors in political science and a teaching major in American government (7-12). A minor is offered in political science, and concentrations are offered in Public Administration, Pre-Law Studies, and International Politics. Interdisciplinary minors are offered in pre-law studies or leadership.
The department offers advising for pre-law students, regardless of major, as well as for political science majors. The political science majors and minors are designed to acquaint students with the broad scope of activities involved in public service.
Requirements for Major in Political Science:
30 semester credits of political science including PSCI 101, 120, 130, WI-400 and STAT 213; plus 15 credits, including 9 credits at 300 level or above, and including at least one American Government, one International Politics, one Political Philosophy, and one Pre-Law course.
Requirements for Political Science Major with Pre-Law Concentration:
33 semester credits including PSCI 101, 120, 130, WI-400, STAT 213; plus 18 credits, including four pre-law courses.
Requirements for a Political Science Major with International Politics Concentration:
33 semester credits including PSCI 101, 120, 130, WI-400, STAT 213; plus 18 credits, including four International Politics courses.
Requirements for Political Science Major with Concentration in Public Policy and Administration:
33 semester credits including PSCI 101, 120, 130, WI-400, STAT 213; plus 18 credits including PSCI 360, 365, 370, 375 or 301, plus six credits of approved electives at the 300 level.
Public Administration students must consult with the Chair of Political Science for approval of electives toward the concentration. Public Administration students are strongly encouraged to double major in another field related to public service; for instance, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, etc. Public Administration students should also complete an interdisciplinary minor related to their studies; such as the organizational leadership minor, the environmental studies minor, or the pre-law minor. For approval of second major and interdisciplinary minor, consult with political science chair, the chair of second major department, and the coordinator/director of the appropriate interdisciplinary minor.
Requirements for a Teaching Major in American Government (7-12)
33 credits including PSCI 101, 110, 120, 130, 301, or 375, 304, 313, 365, 370, WI-400 and STAT 213. Education courses required for a teaching major are found in the Education Department section.
Requirements for a Minor in Political Science
18 semester credits including PSCI 101, 120, 130; 9 credits of PSCI, including six at the 300 level or above.