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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political science provides education toward enlightened citizenship and statesmanship, and prepares students for careers in government and politics, law, and business, or for graduate studies in a wide range of professional areas. The general political science curriculum provides knowledge of the theory and practice of political power, authority, and justice, with focus on the United States and the Asian- Pacific region. The program also emphasizes reasoned evaluation of societal principles, analysis of political behavior, and logical expression of thought. These skills are valuable to professionals, public officials, researchers, and educators.

Upon completion of a major or double- major in political science, students will have demonstrated achievement of the following program learning objectives:

  • Discuss concepts and issues central to the study of politics.
  • Explain the American political system and its relationship to the Micronesian region
  • Apply theories to the study of domestic and international conflict
  • Compare political systems of Asia Pacific with each other and with those of other regions.
  • Design a political research project that incorporates principles of social science inquiry
  • Evaluate political speech and acts for their embedded values


Credit for AP Examinations in Political Science.

Students who report a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement U.S. Government examination will (a) fulfill prerequisite requirements of other political science courses for PS202 - Government in the United States, and (b) fulfill the political science major/minor requirement for PS202. Students who report scores of 4 or 5 on this exam will additionally receive three (3) hours of academic credit equivalent to one semester in PS202. Students who report a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Comparative Government examination will be considered to have met the PS101 course requirement for the political science major; however, no academic credit will be awarded.



 Political Science Advisement Form

Political Science Major Requirements

(Total: 46 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (34 credit hours): PS101, PS202, PS215, PS225, PS300, PS302, PS304 or PS412, PS326, PS398, PS492, BA110, MA151.

Electives (12 credit hours): Any combination of upper division (PS300 and 400-numbered) political science courses, or MA385, and/or PA402.


Political Science Minor Requirements

(Total: 21 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (12 credit hours): PS101, PS202, PS215, and PS225.

Required Electives (9 credit hours): Any upper division (PS300 and 400-numbered) courses.


Political Science Curriculum

  • PS100 Introduction to Citizenship
  • PS101 Introduction to Government and Politics
  • PS202 Government in the United States
  • PS215 International Relations
  • PS225 State and Territorial Government
  • PS300 Research Methods in Political Science
  • PS302 Comparative Politics and Administration
  • PS304 Politics of Asia
  • PS307 Politics of Economic Development
  • PS310 Regional and International Organizations
  • PS326 Political Philosophy
  • PS375 The Legislative Process
  • PS402 U.S. Constitutional Development
  • PS403 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PS404 Issues in Defense and National Security (colisted as MLS404)
  • PS412 Politics of Micronesia
  • PS420 International Law
  • PS426 American Political Thought
  • PS482 Special Topics in Political Science

University of Guam

Faculty Advisors

University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216A
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Associate Professor, Political Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Michael Jon Stoil, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science and Military Science at the University of Guam. He received his PhD in political science from the George Washington University in 1979, while working for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Organizational Affairs. Between 1979 and 2007, he served as a research consultant to Federal agencies in such fields as counterterrorism, emergency management, substance abuse control, and defense-related topics. His primary specialty was innovative research methodology, including advanced survey, focus group, and interview/interrogation techniques, and meta-analysis of multiple independent statistical studies. From 1991 until 2007, he also served as Washington Editor for Medquest publications, writing monthly columns on policy affecting mental health, substance abuse, and geriatric care.


Ph.D., 1979, George Washington University

University of Guam

Associate Professor, Political Science 

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Political Science Student Organizations


Honor society for political science; open to students who have completed at least half of their undergraduate coursework including a minimum of four political science courses.

To qualify for Pi Sigma Alpha, eligible students must achieve a 3.0 grade point average in political science courses and rank in the top third of their university in general academic performance. Founded in 1920, Pi Sigma Alpha now has 740 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the 50 States. The University of Guam’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter—the only chapter in an insular territory of the United States—began in 1996 and includes an impressive number of attorneys, college faculty, and government officials on Guam, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the United States.


Political Science Student Association

Open to all students enrolled in a major or minor in the field, regardless of their academic status or achievement.



Political Science Students Inducted into Honor Society

University of Guam

(MAY 2015) Robertson Albert, left, from the Federated States of Micronesia and LeeAna Acfalle from Guam were inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the U.S. national honor society for students of political science and government, on May 22 at the CLASS Lecture Hall as part of the CLASS ceremony acknowledging student achievement in several areas. Not pictured is Marlyn Viti, also from the Federated States of Micronesia, who was also inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha.


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