Political Science involves the study of government, politics, and public policy both within the United States and in other settings around the world. We are a small program, but we offer courses in American government and politics, public policy and administration, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The faculty in the program are active in scholarly research and publication, and are also dedicated to teaching.
In addition to the workings of government and the exercise of power, in all courses we try to develop important skills in critical thinking and analysis, and in communication of ideas. We believe these skills are essential for careers in law, government, business, journalism, and politics.
The program overview link provides more information about the study of Political Science, related programs of study at UW-Green Bay, and careers for which a major or minor in Political Science is an especially suitable preparation. The links to requirements for the major or minor provide information from the University catalog. The link to resources takes you to a list of sites on the study of Political Science and opportunities for students.
- Knowledge of and ability to analyze U.S. government institutions, political processes, and behavior as well as politics in select Western and non-Western countries
- An ability to evaluate political institutions and processes from the perspective of democratic principles, including majority politics, the protection of minority rights, and the value of due process.
- An ability to think critically and a capacity to use political science research. This includes an understanding of social science research methods and elementary statistical concepts, and the ability to use professional resources such as journals, indexes, and government documents.
- To qualify for graduate study in political science, public policy, public administration, law, international affairs, or related fields or to qualify for entry-level employment requiring competence in governmental and political processes, or for teaching government.
- An ability to write clearly and effectively.
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