John Blakeman, Chair
Room 484, Collins Classroom Center
This department is in the College of Letters and Science.
Faculty: J Blakeman, J Collins, B Mapes-Martins, S Park.
Definitions: Political science is the study of the government and politics of the United States, other nations, and international relations.
Public administration and policy analysis is an interdisciplinary minor, administered by the Political Science Department. For students interested in public service or graduate education.
Academic Standards for Political Science Major
- To graduate with a major in political science, you must earn a grade point average of 2.50 or higher (2.75 to student teach) in ALL courses taken in the major, including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. You may repeat a course in the major only if you follow the course repeat policy found in the Grade-related Policies section of this catalog.
- Begin your study of political science by taking POLI 101. Take 200 level survey courses before the 300-400 level courses in the various fields.
- Courses in political science are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.
Credit-by-Exam Policy for Political Science
You may test-out and/or receive credit-by-exam for POLI 101 and POLI 160 by passing the appropriate Advanced Placement Program Examination (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examination through the UW-Stevens Point Testing Service. You must score 3 or higher on AP exams to receive credit, and you must score in the 50th percentile or higher for CLEP exam credit.
You may test out of other GEP courses offered by the Political Science Department. You will not receive academic credit for those courses. To take a GEP course test, first consult with the department chair. The chair will then consult with the faculty member or members who have most recently taught the course and they will prepare a comprehensive written exam. You must receive a B or higher on the exam to have the GEP requirement waived. You may take the exam only once.
The Political Science Department assumes no responsibility for preparing you for test-out examination. Faculty may give you access to course syllabi, but it is your responsibility to access course readings and other relevant materials. You may not apply to test out of a course in which you are currently enrolled.