POLITICAL SCIENCE

Professors Hill, Warshawsky; Associate Professors Rubongoya, Wilson; Assistant Professors Hora, Peppers; Lecturers Clayton, Koontz, Maddex, Pearson, Rabin; Adjunct Associate Professor Joyner

Students majoring in political science are required to complete a minimum of 12 units including Political Science 102, 201, 231, 245, 345, 401; one of 221, 222, 224, or 225; one of 311 or 312; one of 342 or 343, and 3 elective units within the major. The department recommends that majors take economics and history courses in fulfilling General Education requirements and elective options.

Students planning to undertake graduate study in political science are advised to take a modern language, statistics, and computer course(s) to satisfy General Education and elective requirements.

Minor in American Politics

A minor consists of six units:

Political Science 102 and 201; 311 or 312; three additional units (with no more than one at the 200 level) from among 202, 204, 205, 211, 213, 214, 240, 245, 251, 301, 331, 343 or 345.

With departmental permission, courses from among Political Science 260-262, 395-396, 401, 406, and 416 may be substituted when they include American political topics.

Minor in Foreign Politics

A minor consists of six units:

Political Science 231 and 331; one of 221, 222, 224, or 225; three additional units from among 232, 245, 251, 252, 333, 342, or 345. At least three units must be above the 200 level. With departmental permission, courses from among Political Science 260-262, 395-396,401, 406, 416 and 495-497 may be substituted when they include international political topics.

Concentration in Africa and the African Diaspora

Dr. Joshua Rubongoya, Coordinator

The Africa and the African Diaspora Studies concentration offers an interdisciplinary program for the study of Africa and African American cultural history. Students from any major interested in developing a specialization in Africa and the African Diaspora may earn a concentration in Africa and the African Diaspora Studies by successfully completing (with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0) at least six units. Of these, three must be chosen from among "core" Africa and the African Diaspora courses in History, Political Science, English, and Sociology. Three additional units must be taken. One will be taken as an Independent Study, Internship, or Special Topics course taken on or off campus. Two others will be selected from among a group of relevant courses approved by the concentration coordinator.

I. Core Courses

Three units from among the following courses:

 

HIST 254

Modern Africa

 

POLI 224

Comparative Political Systems: Africa

 

SOCI 224

Race and Ethnicity

 

HIST 350

Issues in African History

 

ENGL 310

Literatures of the African Diaspora

 

IL 277

African Faces and Voices

II. Special Topics/Independent Study/Internship

One unit from any of the following (subject to approval of the concentration coordinator):

A Special Topics unit focused on Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

An Independent Study focused on Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

An Internship relevant to Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

III. Electives:

Two units from the following:

 

ENGL 302

A Southern Literature

 

FREN 201

Intermediate French

 

FREN 315

Francophone Societies

 

HIST 272

Latin America

 

POLI 252

Human Rights Policy

 

RELG 130

Living Religions of the World

 

SPAN 201

Intermediate Spanish

 

SPAN 312

Civilization and Culture: Spanish America


Elective units may be selected from HIST 350, HIST 254, POLI 224, ENGL 360, SOCI 224, and IL 277 if not taken to fulfill requirements of Part I.

One elective unit may be chosen from Special Topics, Independent Study, or Internship if not taken to fulfill requirements of Part II (subject to approval by the concentration coordinator).

102 American National Government

An introduction to constitutional principles, institutions, functions, and processes of politics and government in the United States. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

201 State and Local Government

An examination of the politics, structures, and policies of American state and local governments. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

202 American Political Behavior

An analysis of the political process in the United States, including political parties, interest groups, public opinion, elections, and voting behavior. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

204 Mass Media and American Politics

An examination of the news and entertainment media, both print and broadcast, and their effects on government, elected officials, and society. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

205 American Political Institutions

An examination of the power, restraints, and politics of the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

211 Criminal Justice

An introductory analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States, its structure, processes, and problems. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.
(Cross-listed as Criminal Justice 211)

213 Criminal Law

A study of the criminal justice system at work in the courtroom setting, emphasizing the relationship between substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: One course in criminal justice (Political Science 102 or 211 or Sociology 238 or 334).
(Cross-listed as Criminal Justice 213)

214 The Judicial Process

An exploration of the politics of the American judicial system. This includes such topics as the structure of courts, selection of judges, actors who participate in the judiciary, judicial behavior, and the civil and criminal varieties of courts. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.
(Cross-listed as Criminal Justice 214)

221 Comparative Political Systems: Europe

The government and politics of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and the operations of the European Union. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

222 Comparative Political Systems: Asia

The government and politics of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

224 Comparative Political Systems: Africa

An introduction to African politics south of the Sahara (Sub- Saharan Africa). (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

225 Comparative Political Systems: Latin America

The government and politics of Latin America, including Central America and the Caribbean. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

231 International Politics

An examination of the nature of the international political system, the perspectives and behaviors of nation-states, and the role and influence of both intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental actors. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

232 International Organizations

An examination of global, regional, and functional organizations. The nature and functions of both governmental and non-governmental institutions will be discussed. A model United Nations Security Council simulation exercise is an integral course component. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission.

240 Public Opinion Polling

Supervised participation in a large scale survey research project. Course includes interviewing, data analysis, and report writing. (1) (Cross-listed as COMR-240)
Prerequisite: Permission.

245 Public Affairs Inquiry

An examination of the research techniques used in the study of politics. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be explored. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Political Science 102 and at least one other major course or permission.
(Cross-listed as Criminal Justice 245 and International Relations 245)

251 Environmental Public Policy

An examination of environmental policy-making and environmental issues at local, national, and international levels. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or Environmental Science 200 or permission.

252 Human Rights Policy

An introduction to the principles of human rights from a comparative policy-making perspective. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

260, 261, 262 Selected Topics in Political Science

Student research, reports, and discussion on selected problems and themes. (1/2, 1, 1/2)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

301 Public Administration

A survey of the role of public administration in the modern state, with emphasis on the development of bureaucracy, organizational theory, and management functions. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

311 American Constitutional Law

An introduction to decision-making in the Supreme Court and its past and present roles in American government. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Political Science 102 and one additional course in American politics or permission.

312 Civil Liberties

An examination of Supreme Court decisions dealing with the Bill of Rights with emphasis on the First Amendment.
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Political Science 102 and one additional course in American politics or permission.

331 The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy

An introduction to the foreign policy process of the United States. Selected issues in United States foreign policy since World War II will also be analyzed. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

333 Global Political Economy

A introduction to the relationship between politics and economics at the theoretical and policy levels. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 231.

342 Western Political Theory

A study of western political theory from Plato to Rawls, emphasizing the modern period. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Political Science 102 or permission.

343 American Political Theory

A survey of American political theory from colonial precursors to the present. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission.

345 Public Affairs Data Analysis

A review of the data analysis techniques currently in use in political science and the philosophic assumptions of scientific research. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Political Science 245 or permission. (Cross-listed as Criminal Justice 345 and International Relations 345)

395, 396 Henry H. Fowler Public Policy Seminar

A seminar taught with a scholar-statesperson that deals with a policy issue of public significance. (Made possible by the Henry H. Fowler Endowment. Open to selected students with department permission.) (1, 1/2)

401 Seminar in Public Policy

An in-depth investigation of topical issues in political science utilizing a public policy perspective. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and senior status.

406 Independent Study

Supervised reading and research which results in a monograph on a particular aspect of political science. (1)
Prerequisite: Departmental permission.

416 Public Internship

Practical experience in working with a public agency or organization as a participant-observer, leading to the preparation of an experience report which describes and evaluates that agency’s activities. (1)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission; prerequisite courses depend on the placement. Normally limited to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

495, 496, 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Prerequisites: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (1/2, 1, 1/2)