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Major requirements

Political science

Political science major

Political science major
All majors are required to complete four required courses and a zero-credit senior assessment requirement.

POLI / INTL 150 Introduction to International Studies

POLI 200 Research Methodology and Techniques

POLI 499 Political Science Senior Assessment

SSCI 224 Basic Statistics

Students are advised to take POLI 130 US Politics and Government or POLI 131 American Multicultural Politics and POLI/INTL 150 Intro to International Studies in their first year. POLI 200 Research Methods and SSCI 224 Basic Statistics should be taken in the sophomore year.

In addition, all majors must complete 32 24 credits at or above the 200 level. Students may elect to focus on a particular area of political science (International Affairs, American Politics, or Public Policy/Public Administration). Students may do this informally and should consult with their advisors concerning the construction of an appropriate curriculum for completion of the major.


Elective Courses

GEOG 231 GIS – Social Sciences/Humanities (2 cr)
POLI 231 State and Local Politics
POLI 232 American Political Polarization
POLI 237 Courts and Justice in the U.S.
POLI 238 Introduction to Public Administration
POLI 248 Trial Advocacy (2 cr)
POLI 249 Mock Trial (2 cr)
POLI 310 Fascism and Socialism
POLI 314 Classical and Medieval Political Thought
POLI 316 Modern Political Thought
POLI 317 American Political Thought
POLI 329 Political Communications
POLI 332 Parties and Elections
POLI 333 American Conspiracy Theories
POLI 335 Congressional Politics
POLI 336 The U.S. Presidency and Executive Leadership
POLI 341 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
POLI 342 Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties
POLI 343 Administrative Law & Politics
POLI 346 Policy Analysis
POLI 348 U.S. Environmental Politics
POLI 349 Global Environmental Politics
POLI 350 International Relations (Core: BB)
POLI 352 International Law and Human Rights
POLI 353 United States Foreign Policy
POLI 355 International Organizations
POLI 362 The Global South in the 21st Century
POLI 368 Latin American Politics Through Film, Art, Poetry, and Music
POLI 389/POLI 489 Special Topics courses
POLI 400 United Nations Seminar
POLI 405 Political Psychology
POLI 410 Global Political Extremism
POLI 490 Independent Study in Politics
POLI 492 Directed Research
POLI 494 Internship

Total Credits Required: 40

Students are encouraged to attend the Washington Semester, Washington Media Institute and/or study abroad.

Please visit the Center for Global Engagement website for more information on all these programs.

*Trial Advocacy and Mock Trial may be repeated for credit toward general course credits, but may not be repeated for credit toward the major, minors, or the American Politics concentration. Combining the 2 credits each from POLI 248 and POLI 249 will count as one of the six courses necessary for the major. GEOG 231 is a 2-credit course, so students need to take an additional 2-credit course to ensure they meet the 24-credit requirement for electives.
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Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

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Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
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De Pere, WI 54115