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:
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.
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.
Required Courses (12 credit hours): PS101, PS202, PS215, and PS225.
Required Electives (9 credit hours): Any upper division (PS300 and 400-numbered) courses.
Associate Professor, Political Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
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
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.
Open to all students enrolled in a major or minor in the field, regardless of their academic status or achievement.
(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.