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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-100

Global Politics and Society

The course explores political power and human connections on a global scale. The course covers concepts and ideas on the interaction of governments, organizations, and peoples across regions, cultures, and communities. The course helps students develop a global outlook on their future prospects as citizens and professionals in a globalized world.

  • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-101

American Government and Politics

The institutions and political processes of American National government and the nature of political analysis; the Constitution, ideological and cultural bases of American politics; the role of political parties, elections and interest groups; policy-making processes in the Congress, the presidency and courts.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
POL SCI-198

First Year Seminar

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Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    POL SCI-202

    Introduction to Public Policy

    Contemporary issues in American public policy. Substantive public policies such as those dealing with the American economy, energy, crime, environmental quality, the welfare state and social programs. Models of the policy process are also considered.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    POL SCI-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    POL SCI-301

    Environmental Politics and Policy

    U.S. and global environmental problems and their political implications. Emphasizes U.S. environmental politics, issues and controversies in environmental protection policy, the performance of governmental institution in response to environmental challenges, and strategies for environmental improvement.

    Prerequisites
    P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      POL SCI-305

      Urban Politics and Policy

      Structures and operations of city governments and their responses to policy issues such as education, employment, social welfare, housing, transportation, migration, racial discrimination, urban sprawl and social inequality.

      Prerequisites
      P: jr st; and Pol Sci 101 or Ur Re St 100.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        POL SCI-306

        Regulatory Policy and Administration

        The origins, purposes and operation of regulatory agencies and the programs in the U.S.: theories of regulation, issues and controversies in regulatory policy, and decision-making in such areas as economic regulation, public health, consumer protection workplace safety and environmental quality.

        Prerequisites
        P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Odd Only
          POL SCI-310

          The American Presidency

          The president's role in public policy-making. Topics include the history of the presidency, presidential elections, the nature and use of presidential power, the organization and operation of the executive office, the presidential relationship with Congress and the bureaucracy, and presidential leadership.

          Prerequisites
          P: Pol Sci 101.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            POL SCI-312

            Community Politics

            This course emphasizes the historical dimensions of community politics in the U.S. It also explores the role of grass roots social movements in shaping local politics.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: Pol Sci 101.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Fall
              POL SCI-314

              Administrative Law

              Administrative law in the American federal (intergovernmental) system: connections between administrative law issues and issues of public policy; and legal dimensions of administrative problems.

              Prerequisites
              P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                POL SCI-316

                Congress: Politics and Policy

                The role of Congress in American politics and policymaking, including the history of Congress, elections, representation, committees, political parties and leadership, rules and procedures, interest groups and lobbying, presidential-congressional relations, and the role of Congress in both domestic and foreign policy decisions.

                Prerequisites
                P: Pol Sci 101.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  POL SCI-318

                  Political Behavior

                  An introduction to political behavior that approaches the topics of elections, public opinion, voting behavior, mass media, and political socialization through the application of quantitative methods of analysis.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Fall
                    POL SCI-320

                    Constitutional Law

                    The course emphasizes the history of constitutional law in the United States through an analysis of leading Supreme Court cases that deal with government authority as well as citizen rights and civil liberties. Special attention is given to the political and historical context of major cases and the implications for public policy.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Pol Sci 101.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      POL SCI-340

                      Political Theory

                      The foundations of Western political theory from the Greek polis to the 20th century. Discusses and analyzes leading political theorists in their historical contexts and in terms of their basic ideas and concepts. Attaches the study of politics to the history of Western political thought and practice.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        POL SCI-349

                        American Political Thought

                        The history and development of American political thought, with attention to the thinkers and themes influential to controversies, ideologies, and institutions in American politics.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Pol Sci 101
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          POL SCI-351

                          Comparative Politics

                          The course examines fundamental concepts in the study of the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. It illustrates the rich diversity of political life, shows available institutional alternatives, explains differences in political regimes and outcomes, and communicates the importance of global political and economic changes.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
                          • Gen Ed: World Culture
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          POL SCI-353

                          Politics of Developing Areas

                          This course examines contemporary problems of comparative political development and changing patterns of political economy in developing areas. The main focus is on the prospects for democracy and economic prosperity after the Cold War.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
                          • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 2
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          POL SCI-360

                          International Relations

                          The course focuses on competing explanations for interaction between state and non-state actors, and analyzes recent changes in international organizations and the international political economy.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            POL SCI-370

                            Foreign and Defense Policies

                            Explores the institutions and political processes related to U.S. foreign and defense policies, including the international challenges facing the United States, the nation's policy goals and their evolution over time, the strategies used to achieve those goals, and conflicts over policy implementation and its success.

                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              POL SCI-380

                              Global Environmental Politics and Policy

                              This course explores the transnational and international context of environmental politics and policy. Particular focus areas include the causes of environmental harm, the meaning of sustainability, and the relevance of new environmental actors on the global stage.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: jr st. REC: Pol Sci 100
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                POL SCI-406

                                State and Local Government

                                Policy and institutional comparisons across states and local governments through hands-on research, placing a special focus on Wisconsin's local governments.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Fall
                                  POL SCI-408

                                  Public Policy Analysis

                                  An introduction to public policy analysis and to the policy-making process, primarily in American government. The course emphasizes the political aspects of policy analysis, models and methods for rational design of public policies, and applications of policy studies to particular public problems.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
                                    Credits1-12
                                    Field EXP
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    POL SCI-497

                                    Internship

                                    Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: jr st.
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                    Credits1-4
                                    IND Study
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    POL SCI-498

                                    Independent Study

                                    Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                    Credits1-6
                                    Field EXP
                                    POL SCI-499

                                    Travel Course

                                    • Pre-Requisites
                                    • General Education
                                    • Travel Course
                                    • Repeatable

                                    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                    • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                    • Travel Course
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.