Political science is the study of governments, political processes, public policies and political behavior by groups or individuals and is an ideal major for students with a passion for current events. 

At UWM, students take coursework from four broad areas of political science in order to obtain a well-rounded education in the field: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Along with exploring these substantive areas, students strengthen their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.  With this background, students leave UWM ready to enter graduate school or the world of work in government, international organizations, campaigns, business, consulting, nonprofits, and many other industries. This broad the minor is available entirely online, or students can mix-and-match and take a some online and some traditional classes.

Many students find that a degree in Political Science aligns well with their interest in law and their plans to attend law school after college. Students planning for law school also often participate in our law sports programs such as intercollegiate moot court and intercollegiate mock trial.


Minors are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits in political science, of which at least 9 must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) taken at UWM. Minors must complete courses in at least two of the following four areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. Students must attain a 2.0 GPA in all political science courses, including any transfer work, and a 2.0 GPA in all political science courses taken at UWM.

Introductory and methods courses
These are courses that count toward your minor in Political Science, but do not count toward the 'two different areas' requirement.
POL SCI 103Introduction to Political Science3
POL SCI 203Introduction to Political Science Research3
POL SCI 390Political Data Analysis3
POL SCI 392Survey Research3
Areas of Political Science
Use this list to ensure that you take courses from at least two different areas of Political Science.
American Politics
POL SCI 104Introduction to American Government and Politics3
POL SCI 105State Politics3
POL SCI 150Multicultural America: Minority Voting Rights and Representation3
POL SCI 201Introduction to Public Service3
POL SCI 210American Public Policy3
POL SCI 213Urban Government and Politics3
POL SCI 215Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics3
POL SCI 216Environmental Politics3
POL SCI 243Public Administration3
POL SCI 250Law and Society3
POL SCI 387Topics in American Politics:3
POL SCI 388Latino Politics3
POL SCI 398Cyberpolitics 13
POL SCI 405State Government:3
POL SCI 408The American Presidency3
POL SCI 410Law Through Popular Culture3
POL SCI 411Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism3
POL SCI 412Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
POL SCI 415The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration3
POL SCI 416Judicial Politics3
POL SCI 417The Supreme Court3
POL SCI 419Constitutional Interpretation3
POL SCI 421Party Politics in America3
POL SCI 425Women in Politics3
POL SCI 426Congressional Politics3
POL SCI 444Politics and the Bureaucracy3
POL SCI 450Urban Political Problems3
POL SCI 452Administrative Law3
POL SCI 464Sex, Gender, and the Law3
POL SCI 467Elections and Voting Behavior3
POL SCI 471Problems in Law Studies:3
POL SCI 473Public Opinion3
POL SCI 475Political Psychology3
Comparative Politics
POL SCI 106Politics of the World's Nations3
POL SCI 300Western European Politics3
POL SCI 301British Politics3
POL SCI 302Politics of Eastern Europe3
POL SCI 310Russian and Post-Soviet Politics3
POL SCI 312The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes3
POL SCI 314Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy 23
POL SCI 320Politics of Developing Countries3
POL SCI 321Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 326Brazilian Politics and Society3
POL SCI 328The Arab-Israeli Conflict3
POL SCI 329African Politics3
POL SCI 333Seminar in Comparative Politics:3
POL SCI 334German Politics and the New Europe3
POL SCI 335Comparative Political Systems3
POL SCI 341Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries:3
POL SCI 345Korean Politics and Foreign Policy 23
POL SCI 355The Politics of Economic Inequality3
POL SCI 368Gender and Politics in Developing Nations3
POL SCI 371Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict3
POL SCI 372Poverty and Politics:3
POL SCI 374Health, Wealth, and Democracy3
POL SCI 377Elections in the Modern World3
International Politics
POL SCI 175Introduction to International Relations3
POL SCI 314Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy 23
POL SCI 316International Law3
POL SCI 330The Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL SCI 337International Organization and the United Nations3
POL SCI 338Seminar in International Relations:3
POL SCI 339European Integration3
POL SCI 340Politics of Nuclear Weapons3
POL SCI 343Asian International Relations3
POL SCI 345Korean Politics and Foreign Policy 23
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
POL SCI 359Problems of American Foreign Policy3
POL SCI 365Theories and Methods in International Politics3
POL SCI 370International Conflict3
POL SCI 379Morality, Conflict and War3
POL SCI 391Current Crises and Events in International Relations3
POL SCI 423Conduct of American Foreign Affairs3
Political Theory
POL SCI 110Sex and Power3
POL SCI 255Great Issues of Politics3
POL SCI 281Classics of Political Theory3
POL SCI 361History of International Political Thought3
POL SCI 381The Development of Western Political Thought3
POL SCI 382Modern Political Thought3
POL SCI 383Environmental Political Theory3
POL SCI 384The Philosophy of Law3
POL SCI 385American Political Thought3
POL SCI 386Contemporary Political Theory3
POL SCI 389Politics and Philosophy:3

Depending on instructor, may satisfy American Politics or International Relations area requirement, but not both.


May be used to satisfy Comparative Politics or International Politics but not both.

Letters & Science Minor Advising

Advising for the minor takes place within the department by a faculty member or staff member. Follow the steps using the "Declare a Minor" button on the department’s website which may include instructions on how to select a faculty advisor if there is more than one to choose from.

Students who already have an L&S college advisor because their degree plan is in L&S can discuss the minor with them as well since they will be familiar with any minor in L&S. Students who are working on a degree from a UWM college other than the College of Letters & Science will not need an L&S college advisor for just a minor and one will not be assigned. These students should work with the faculty or staff advisor they receive as part of the minor declaration process or contact the department directly for assistance.

Applicants who have not started classes at UWM yet who wish to declare a minor should wait until they are registered for their first UWM classes and then can declare the minor using the “Declare a Minor” button on the program’s website. If you have questions about the minor before then, contact let-sci@uwm.edu.