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Undergraduate Political Science

2018 Fall Term

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1 Units

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science 101

Introduction to Political Science introduces students to the specialties within political science, outlines the academic emphases within the major and associated requirements, and explores public and private sector opportunities in the field of political science.


3 Units

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (GS)

Political Science 141

An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.


3 Units

ETHNIC POLITICS (DV) (GS)

Political Science 217

The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with race & ethnic cultures).


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Political Science 220

A course to introduce students to the concepts and problems of public policy and administration. Emphasis will be given to the role played by individuals and groups in large organizations; theories of organization will be set forth and operations of governmental administrative agencies in the political world will be examined.


3 Units

LAW AND SOCIETY (GS)

Political Science 240

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the development of law and legal practices from a political science perspective. Special emphasis will be paid to the political factors in our society that shape law. The manner in which law affects the politics of our society will also be stressed.


3 Units

ISSUES AND CRISES IN AMERICAN POLITICS (GS)

Political Science 247

An examination of selected major issues and crises confronting the American political system today. Both domestic and foreign policy issues are analyzed. Attention also will be given the political response to these issues and crises as reflected in recent policies and policy proposals of the national government. Repeatable one time (different topic) for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree, but not repeatable for general studies credit.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY (GS)

Political Science 250

An introduction to Western political thought, the role of ideology in politics, and perennial questions in political philosophy.


3 Units

POLITICS OF TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM (GS)

Political Science 265

This course examines the definitions, sources, patterns, and ideologies of modern terrorism. It then analyzes the objectives of various terrorist organizations as well as their operations, including strategies, tactics, weaponry, financing and state sponsorship. The course concludes by assessing the various counterterrorist measures, with special emphasis on U.S. counterterrorism policy.


3 Units

POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS

Political Science 301

An introduction to basic research methods in political science. Topics will include various data collection and analysis techniques on the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, political socialization, political parties, interest groups, civil violence, rebellion, and revolution. Students will obtain "hands-on" experience with computer software designed specifically for political science and the social sciences. This is not a statistics course, and no previous knowledge of statistical methods is assumed.


3 Units

WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science 302

This course will allow students to improve their analytical and writing skills through various writing assignments involving different formats. Some of the assignments will involve multiple drafts, based on peer and instructor feedback.


3 Units

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Political Science 318

Analysis and discussion of the various roles of the President regarding his constitutional status and powers, nomination and election, administrative responsibilities, legislative and political leadership, and his role in the conduct of foreign relations.


3 Units

PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY

Political Science 330

A systematic introduction to the study of public policy through an analytical problem-solving approach and the use of that evidence-based approach to advocate for policy change. The course will also examine and explore public problems and policy issues.


3 Units

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Political Science 344

A study of modern American state and local governments, their evolution from colonial beginnings, their problems and their potential. Topics include constitutional revision, the role of governors, legislatures and courts, forms of urban and rural government, and state-local relations.


3 Units

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Political Science 351

An introductory survey of political relations among nation-states, including the topics of war and peace, nationalism, elements of national power, conventional and nuclear weaponry, diplomacy, economic interdependence, the Third World, and international and regional organizations.


3 Units

COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT - EUROPE

Political Science 352

Comparative analysis of politics in contemporary Europe. Topics covered include the political institutions and political cultures of major states in Europe, nationalism and regionalism in Europe, and the institutions of the European Union.


3 Units

MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Political Science 411

An introduction to the principal political concepts and ideas of the modern period, including the writings of Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Hegel, Burke and others.


3 Units

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Political Science 413

A study of judicial review, its meaning and nature. The development of constitutional relationships between the national government and the states as well as among the branches of the national government is considered.


3 Units

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION

Political Science 415

This course examines the role of the major participants in the criminal justice system-defendants, police, prosecutions, courts, and corrections-and the development of constitutional law regulating their behavior.


3 Units

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ASIA

Political Science 460

A comparative study of the political structures, institutions, and processes of the nations of Asia.


3 Units

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA

Political Science 461

The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.


3 Units

SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

Political Science 462

Provides students with the analysis and critical understanding of the policy issues surrounding historical and current social welfare programs, of new social welfare issues and of policy decisions that lead to changes in programming. Community organization, as an intervention approach, will be explored.


1-12 Units

INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science 493

Study and work with a government unit or in some area of public affairs under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in government and politics. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major/degree.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Political Science 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major/degree. Department Consent required.


3 Units

SENIOR HONORS THESIS

Political Science 499

Individual research for majors writing thesis for honors degree; emphasis upon depth, scope and individual research on approved topics under the supervision of a member of the faculty.

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