Undergraduate Degree

Course and Degree Information

 

Click here for more information about our International Studies major. See below for more information about Political Science.

Requirements for the major in political science. The political science major requires 30 hours, including PSC 101 and two courses from those numbered PSC 201 through PSC 206. Twenty-one additional hours must be chosen from at least three subfields of the discipline (enumerated below). At least 12 hours of the courses used to complete the major must be numbered at the 300 or 400 level and be taken on campus. A student must also have a “C” average in all classes associated with the major or minor. Course descriptions can be found at the bottom of the page, or you may find them here.

Requirements for the minor in political science. The political science minor requires 18 hours including PSC 101 and one course from those numbered PSC 201 through PSC 206. Courses must be taken from at least two subfields of the discipline (enumerated below). At least 6 hours of the courses used to complete the minor must be numbered at the 300 or 400 level and be taken on campus.

Political Science Subfields

Hours
PSC 101 Intro American Politics 3
Select two of the following: 6
PSC 201
Scope Political Science
PSC 202
Politcl Science Methods
PSC 203
Comparative Politics
PSC 204
International Relations
PSC 205
Political Theory
PSC 206
Public Administration
PSC field requirement * 9
PSC electives 12
Total Hours 30

* Fields: Students must earn a minimum of 3 hours in three of the fields listed below for a total of 9 hours.

Field 1: American Government

PSC 102 America & The World 3
PSC 103 Intro Public Policy 3
PSC 211 State & Local Govt 3
PSC 311 Pol Party & Elections 3
PSC 312 Amer Legislative Syst 3
PSC 313 The American Executive 3
PSC 314 Amer Judicial System 3
PSC 316 Southern Politics 3
PSC 318 Constitn Law Limits Gov Power 3
PSC 319 Con Law Civ Rts and Libs 3
PSC 364 African Amer & Polit Sys 3
PSC 411 Public Opinion 3
PSC 413 Amer Foreign Policy 3
PSC 423 Survey Research Method 3

Field 2: Comparative Politics

PSC 203 Comparative Politics 3
PSC 332 Lat Am Political Syst 3
PSC 333 Soviet Post Sov Politics 3
PSC 334 Government Politics West Europ 3
PSC 335 Soc Movements & Cont Politics 3
PSC 433 Communism Europe 1945-89 3
PSC 436 Non-Communst East Europe 3
PSC 437 Post Communism 3
PSC 438 Govt and Politics of S. Asia 3
PSC 443 Comparative Pub Policy 3

Field 3: Political Theory

PSC 205 Political Theory 3
PSC 353 Modern Political Thought 3
PSC 362 Organization Theory 3
PSC 452 American Political Thought 3

Field 4: Public Administration

PSC 206 Public Administration 3
PSC 211 State & Local Govt 3
PSC 361 Fiscal Policy & Budget 3
PSC 362 Organization Theory 3
PSC 462 Public Personnel Admin 3

Field 5: International Relations

PSC 204 International Relations 3
PSC 342 For Pol Sov Un Suc State 3
PSC 343 US Relations with Latin Amer 3
PSC 413 Amer Foreign Policy 3
PSC 434 Internatl Polit Econom 3
PSC 435 War And Peace 3
PSC 441 Terrorism 3
PSC 442 Internatl Conflict 3
PSC 444 International Organizations 3
PSC 445 Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict 3
PSC 446 Political Economy of Security 3
PSC 448 Human Rights & Institutions 3

Catalog: Select the catalog relevant to your student enrollment date to see information such as tracks for Political Science majors, suggested course sequences for major tracks, and a complete course listing.

2013-14 Catalog

2010-12 Catalog

2008-10 Catalog

 

 Advising for Political Science and International Studies

Remember to bring your pink copy to 318TH after you have acquired a signature and filled out which classes you plan to take. If you are not sure who your advisor is, you may scroll through the current lists below to find your name and assigned Faculty advisor. If you cannot find your name, simply drop by 318TH.

For the Political Science Advising List for Fall 2013, click here.

For the International Studies Advising List for Fall 2013, click here.

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2014 WINTER INTERIM CLASS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

PSC 321-901  Diplomatic Simulations—Dr. DeRouen

This course is an introduction to diplomacy and foreign policy decision making through the use of a course-long computer simulation. This is an online course using the Statecraft simulation package.  The online features of the course make for active learning experiences.  The Statecraft program allows students to take the roles of foreign policy decision makers and sort through the tradeoffs and responsibilities that characterize real world politics. For instance students will make real world diplomatic decisions on trade, war, spying, two-level games, and diplomatic interaction with each other.

This class is offered online.

Course descriptions

PSC 101. Intro American Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of the principles, political institutions, and practices of American national, state, and local politics.

PSC 201. Scope Political Science. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of the political processes and institutions of contemporary societies and an introduction to the concepts and concerns of political research.

PSC 202. Political Science Methods. 3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to the conduct of political inquiry and methods of political research.

PSC 203. Comparative Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Theoretical approaches to the comparative study of national political systems.

PSC 204. International Relations. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of the evolution of the modern state system and the basic forces in international relations.

PSC 205. Political Theory. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of fundamental concepts in political theory such as liberty, equality, and authority.

PSC 206. Public Administration. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the administrative principles and practices in the areas of organization, personnel management, budgeting, government regulation, and democratic controls.

American Government

PSC 102. America & The World. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the political factors external to the United States that affect the American political system. Attention is given to the nature of foreign policy, the processes and substance of American foreign policy, and the ways that actions by foreign governments affect the United States.

PSC 103. Intro Public Policy. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of problems encountered by American governmental units in fields such as agriculture, welfare, education, health, and business regulation.

PSC 211. State & Local Govt. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the institutions and functions of American state and local governments and their relationship to the political process.

PSC 311. Pol Party & Elections. 3 sem. hrs.

Activities of parties and pressure groups in American politics. Attention is given to the social composition, organization, finance, and nominating processes of parties.

PSC 312. Amer Legislative Syst. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the constitutional and theoretical foundations of Congress and state legislatures, emphasizing problems of structure, procedure, leadership, and legislative reform.

PSC 313. The American Executive. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the role of the president, governors, and local executives in the American political system.

PSC 314. Amer Judicial System. 3 sem. hrs.

Introductory analysis of judicial organization, processes, and behavior, with emphasis on the institutional characteristics of the courts.

PSC 316. Southern Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the party system of the Southern states in terms of its origin, nature, distribution of power, and impact on national politics.

PSC 318. Constitn Law Limits Gov Power. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the constitutional foundations of federalism and the separation of powers, with emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court.
Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 319. Con Law Civ Rts and Libs. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the Constitution’s protections for civil rights and civil liberties, and the Supreme Court’s interpretations of them.

PSC 364. African Amer & Polit Sys. 3 sem. hrs.

A historical and contemporary assessment of the political, social and economic development of African-Americans in the American political system.

PSC 411. Public Opinion. 3 sem. hrs.

The formation, distribution, structure, properties, and techniques of measuring public opinions in the United States.

PSC 413. Amer Foreign Policy. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the forces and processes affecting United States foreign relations. Attention is also given to the content and problems of contemporary American foreign policy.

PSC 423. Survey Research Method. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the theory and practice of various types of surveys and different parts of the survey research process (e.g., sampling, questionnaire design, interviewing, data reduction).

Comparative Politics

PSC 203. Comparative Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Theoretical approaches to the comparative study of national political systems.

PSC 332. Lat Am Political Syst. 3 sem. hrs.

Analysis of the contemporary distribution of political power in Latin America. Special attention is given to nation-state building, praetorianism, and revolution.

PSC 333. Soviet Post Sov Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of institutions and processes in the USSR and the post-Soviet republics, with attention to concepts of authoritarianism, systemic change, and democratization.

PSC 334. Government Politics West Europ. 3 sem. hrs.

Analysis of the democracies of Western Europe. Attention is given to participation, societal cleavages, elections, parties, government institutions, policy making, and the European Union.

PSC 335. Soc Movements & Cont Politics. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of social movements. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of movements on political processes.

PSC 433. Communism Europe 1945-89. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the interaction of Marxist theory and practice in various national settings. Attention is given to the differential evolution of parties and regimes and to reasons for the dissolution of communist systems.

PSC 436. Non-Communst East Europe. 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of the political issues, processes, and institutions, primarily in the formerly communist states of East-Central Europe.

PSC 437. Post Communism. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of processes of democratization and reversion to authoritarianism in East Central Europe and Eurasia. Political, social, and economic alterations of communist arrangements are discussed. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

PSC 438. Govt and Politics of S. Asia. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of South Asian states. Attention is given to the legacies of colonialism, political institutions, democratization, economic development, political conflict and regional security.
Prerequisite(s): PSC 203.

PSC 443. Comparative Pub Policy. 3 sem. hrs.

Analysis of domestic policy in advanced industrialized democracies, looking at both policy process and policy substance. Attention will be given to the questions of how and why policies differ across countries, and how one might evaluate policy performance cross-nationally. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Political Theory

PSC 205. Political Theory. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of fundamental concepts in political theory such as liberty, equality, and authority.

PSC 353. Modern Political Thought. 3 sem. hrs.

Key political theorists from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Assigned texts may vary, but typically include works by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J. S. Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Topics include conceptions of a just society, the state, the value of political participation, liberty, and equality.

PSC 362. Organization Theory. 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of traditional and contemporary organizational theory and its application to public administration.

PSC 452. American Political Thought. 3 sem. hrs.

Investigates primary sources and secondary literature covering the origin and direction of the U.S. political ideology. Topics typically include liberalism, civic republicanism, and debates between contemporary scholars concerning American exceptionalism.
Prerequisite(s): PSC 205.

Public Administration

PSC 206. Public Administration. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the administrative principles and practices in the areas of organization, personnel management, budgeting, government regulation, and democratic controls.

PSC 211. State & Local Govt. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the institutions and functions of American state and local governments and their relationship to the political process.

PSC 361. Fiscal Policy & Budget. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of governmental revenue and expenditure policies with emphasis on the budget as a method of administrative and fiscal control.

PSC 362. Organization Theory. 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of traditional and contemporary organizational theory and its application to public administration.

PSC 462. Public Personnel Admin. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the American public personnel system at the local, state, and national level. Emphasis is on such areas as the political activity of government employees, the application of the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and the role of collective bargaining in government.

International Relations

PSC 204. International Relations. 3 sem. hrs.

Survey of the evolution of the modern state system and the basic forces in international relations.

PSC 342. For Pol Sov Un Suc State. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the influence of the Soviet Union in the evolution of the international system as well as the interests and strategies of Russia and other successor states.

PSC 343. US Relations with Latin Amer. 3 sem. hrs.

U.S. relations with Latin America since the end of the Cold War-democracy, drug trade, and immigration.

PSC 413. Amer Foreign Policy. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the forces and processes affecting United States foreign relations. Attention is also given to the content and problems of contemporary American foreign policy.

PSC 434. Internatl Polit Econom. 3 sem. hrs.

The course deals with the international trade and finance regimes, foreign economic policy, transnational corporations in the world economy, North/South and East/West relations, and the implications of economic interdependence.

PSC 435. War And Peace. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the causes of war at the individual, societal and international levels of analysis with particular emphasis on international relations research using the scientific method.
Prerequisite(s): PSC 204 or PSC 413.

PSC 441. Terrorism. 3 sem. hrs.

Explores the definition and dynamics of domestic and international terrorism, terrorist ideas and terrorist organization, and the political problems of suppressing terrorism.

PSC 442. Internatl Conflict. 3 sem. hrs.

Examination of the various kinds of violent conflicts in which nation-states become involved.

PSC 444. International Organizations. 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of the essential structures and processes in international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, and their roles in the area of global security, economy, and social welfare. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

PSC 445. Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict. 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of the theoretical aspects of ethnicity, interethnic conflict, conflict management policies and some examples of ethnic crises. Prepares students for analying interethnic confilcts and critically evaluating proposed solutions to ethnic strife.

PSC 446. Political Economy of Security. 3 sem. hrs.

The course will cover a variety of topics that link security and political economy. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
Prerequisite(s): PSC 204.

PSC 448. Human Rights & Institutions. 3 sem. hrs.

This class examines how domestic and international institutions create incentives or constraints leading to human rights violations or protections from a social science perspective.