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PSC 1510 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (3 s.h.)
This course fulfills 3 s.h. of
the Social Science General Education/Core Curriculum requirements.
This general introduction to the study of American government and politics
focuses on the national level and on the actors and interests who contend for
power and influence in Washington DC. Students will gain an understanding of
the origins, structure, and operation of American government. Topics include
American political culture, the framing of the Constitution, political
parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, the media, the Presidency,
the Congress, the federal judiciary, and current issues of public policy.
This course is offered every semester.
PSC 1710-1780 MODEL UNITED NATIONS
PRACTICUM (1 s.h. each)
The Model United Nations Practicum is a one hour course designed to prepare
students participating in Model United Nations conferences. Course of study
includes effective debate tactics, policy paper writing, resolution writing,
parliamentary rules of procedures, the United Nations' principal and
subsidiary organs, and research strategies for country assignments. These
courses are offered as needed.
PSC 2010 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Most business and citizen contact with government is at the state and local
levels. This survey course gives special attention to intergovernmental
relations and to the workings of state and local government in the policy
areas of law enforcement, economic development, land use planning and
regulation, education, transportation, social services, taxation, and
budgeting. Politics are also examined with topics that include the impact of
political participation, elections, political parties, and interest groups on
public policy. This course is offered fall semesters, in odd numbered years.
PSC 2100 RESEARCH METHODS IN
POLITICAL SCIENCE (3 s.h.)
An introduction to the process of political inquiry and written analysis,
this course helps students develop good research and writing habits in the
specialized field of political science. Topics include the steps in the
research process, the types of papers in political research, alternative
approaches to research, and the techniques of quantitative analysis. This
course is required for all political science majors, and it is recommended
for students in a pre-law curriculum and the paralegal program. This course
is offered every spring semester.
PSC 2270 COMPARATIVE POLITICS (3 s.h.)
Parliaments, politburos, juntas, revolutions, Islamic jihads — this
introductory course explores the politics of other countries and regions, and
compares them to the United States. Topics include political culture,
geography, history, types of political systems,
patterns of governance, political thought, and issues of public policy. This
course is offered every spring semester.
PSC 3050 DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND THEORY (3 s.h.)
The main currents of democratic political thought, from ancient Greece to the
present, are examined in terms of their historical setting, philosophical
content, and contribution to the development of the modern democratic state.
The democratic concepts of justice, liberty, freedom, equality, and
legitimacy receive special emphasis, along with the ideological struggles
associated with socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. This course is
offered in the fall semester, even-numbered years.
PSC 3100 LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM (3 s.h.)
From lynching to landmark decisions, this course examines the traditions and
historical development of the law in America, emphasizing the judicial
process. Topics include the types and sources of law, the structure and
functions of the state and federal court systems, civil and criminal law
procedure, and judicial governance with special attention placed on the U.S.
Supreme Court. This course is offered every spring semester. Cross listed as
LAW 310 and JUS 310.
PSC 3330 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)
What do public managers do and how do they do it? These and other questions
are addressed as this course explores the theory and processes of the modern
bureaucratic state. Topics include administrative structure and functions,
organizational direction, personnel and financial management, and
bureaucratic governance and discretion. Consideration is given to the
interaction of governmental and non-profit agencies. This course is offered
every fall semester.
PSC 3410 CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY
The personalities, parties, and ideas on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue
battle for supremacy in a unique arena established by our constitutional
separation of powers. This course examines how the policy-making process
functions in the midst of this political struggle by studying critical
domestic and foreign policy issues. The structures of these institutions are
examined as well as influences such as the media, public opinion, and
interest groups. This course is offered in the spring semester, even-numbered
PSC 3450 POLITICAL PARTIES AND
INTEREST GROUPS IN THE U.S. (3 s.h.)
Faction checking faction! This principle was constitutional framer James
Madison's ideal for the new American republic, but in
contemporary politics does representative governance fall prey to
"special interests" and elitist political parties? Do moneyed
interests and ideological parties so dominate the political arena that the
voice of the commoner goes unheard? This course will introduce students to
the history and contemporary state of political parties and interest groups
in the United States, scholarly debates surrounding parties and interest
groups, and these organizations' roles in elections and in governing. This
course is offered in the spring semester, odd numbered years.
PSC 3470 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (3 s.h.)
The Persian Gulf, Vietnam, the Cold War, World War II, and other significant
past experiences are examined in an effort to understand the "how"
and "why" of American foreign policy. The policy-making process of
the national security establishment is observed. Key concepts include vital
national interests, national policy objectives, institutional roles, and the
domestic sources of foreign policy. This course is cross listed as HIS 347.
This course is offered in the fall semester, even-numbered years.
PSC 3510 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3 s.h.)
What are the games nations play? What are the rules?
Are there any rules? The balance of power, diplomacy, imperialism, and
collective security are just some of the topics surveyed in this wide-ranging
look at world politics. This course focuses on the issues of war,
development, and trade in the international system, while also including some
attention to international organizations and international law. This course
is offered every spring semester.
PSC 3850 THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (3 s.h.)
Prayer in schools, abortion, gay rights, burning the American flag, term
limits--these are some of the constitutional issues this course examines as
it studies the actors and actions that develop constitutional law. Topics
include leading Supreme Court decisions, the amending process, separation of powers, federalism, economic liberties,
civil liberties, civil rights, and due process. This course is offered in the
fall semester, odd-numbered years. Cross listed as LAW 385
PSC 4010 to 4100 AREA STUDIES (3 s.h.)
The courses in Area Studies examine the political setting, patterns of
governance, and current political problems of a particular region of the
world. Selected countries within each region are identified for in-depth
comparison. Topics include political culture, political thought, geography,
history, political and economic development, and comparative public policy.
These courses are offered as needed. Specific regions covered are:
PSC 4010 EUROPEAN POLITICS (3 s.h.)
PSC 4020 MIDDLE EAST POLITICS (3 s.h.)
PSC 4030 POLITICS IN AFRICA (3 s.h.)
PSC 4040 POLITICS IN EAST ASIA (3 s.h.)
PSC 4050 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (3 s.h.)
PSC 4060 ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES (3 s.h.)
PSC 4070 POLITICS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (3 s.h.)
PSC 4080 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3 s.h.)
PSC 4200 POLICY ANALYSIS AND PROGRAM EVALUATION (s.h.)
This course examines how
government policies and programs are analyzed and evaluated. Initially, the
course examines how public policy issues are framed within the policy
process. Then the course examines the practice of program evaluation. The
course includes discussions of ethical issues, quantitative and qualitative
methods, cost/benefit analysis, and how to communicate the results of policy
analysis and evaluation. The course is offered spring semesters, even
PSC 4250 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
When warranted, instructors can offer this course to examine topics not
covered by the normal course offerings. Students engage in discussion,
research, and writing. It is open to sophomore, junior, and senior Political
Science Majors and to others by permission of the instructor. Topics vary and
are announced in advance. This course is offered as needed.
PSC 4300 POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SEMINAR
Learn what constitutes a winning campaign. This course examines the major
elements of a political campaign, including campaign strategy and finance,
issue selection, event planning, polling, election law, as well as the
influence of the media and campaign ethics. Normally offered during an
election year, current events form an important part of the course material,
and there is opportunity for campaign field experience. This course is
offered in the fall semester, even-numbered years.
PSC 4400 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
This course studies the structures that attempt to organize interstate relations,
which includes both governmental and non-governmental organizations,
international law, and international regimes. Specific study of the United
Nations system and the European Union is included. This course is offered
fall semesters, in odd numbered years.
PSC 4510 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL
ECONOMY (3 s.h.)
This course examines the political dynamics of the development and management
of the contemporary international economic system. Among the topics covered
are the decision-making role of international economic organizations, the
political implications of interdependence, and the activities of
transnational actors. This course is offered spring semesters, odd-numbered
PSC 4600 SENIOR SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
This is a senior-level, capstone course required for all students majoring in
Political Science. Students draw upon all the knowledge, theory, and skills
from their earlier courses to undertake an original, empirical research
project using quantitative methods. Students complete a Senior Thesis and a
Power-Point presentation. Juniors must receive the consent of the instructor
to be admitted. Prerequisites: completion of PSC 210 and the statistics
requirement. Prerequisites can be waived with the permission of the
instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.
PSC 4700 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)
Internships provide opportunities for well-qualified, upper-division students
to work in a "real world" professional setting and gain invaluable
experience. These can be found locally or in Washington DC, and could be with
a government agency, non-profit organization, or private enterprise. The
department chair must grant permission and determine the hours of credit
before registration for the internship. Internships are available each
semester; however, arrangements must be made during the preceding semester.
Campaign internships are offered in the fall semester of election years.
PSC 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN
POLITICAL SCIENCE (1-3 s.h.)
This is an individual, tutorial course established at the request of the student
when special needs or circumstances require examination of subject matter not
available in other courses. Students engage in an individual program of
reading, research, and written requirements. This provides an opportunity for
well-qualified, upper-division students to engage in special research in
Political Science. It requires approval by the faculty advisor, the
supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before
approval is sought from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be