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.