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:
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.
Two units from the following:
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)
201 State and Local Government
An examination of the politics, structures, and policies of American
state and local governments. (1)
202 American Political Behavior
An analysis of the political process in the United States, including
political parties, interest groups, public opinion, elections, and voting
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)
205 American Political Institutions
An examination of the power, restraints, and politics of the Presidency,
the Congress and the Supreme Court. (1)
211 Criminal Justice
An introductory analysis of the criminal justice system in the United
States, its structure, processes, and problems. (1)
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)
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)
221 Comparative Political Systems: Europe
The government and politics of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia,
and the operations of the European Union. (1)
222 Comparative Political Systems: Asia
The government and politics of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. (1)
224 Comparative Political Systems: Africa
An introduction to African politics south of the Sahara (Sub- Saharan
225 Comparative Political Systems: Latin America
The government and politics of Latin America, including Central America
and the Caribbean. (1)
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.
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)
240 Public Opinion Polling
Supervised participation in a large scale survey research project. Course
includes interviewing, data analysis, and report writing. (1) (Cross-listed
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)
251 Environmental Public Policy
An examination of environmental policy-making and environmental issues
at local, national, and international levels. (1)
252 Human Rights Policy
An introduction to the principles of human rights from a comparative
policy-making perspective. (1)
260, 261, 262 Selected Topics in Political Science
Student research, reports, and discussion on selected problems and themes.
(1/2, 1, 1/2)
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)
311 American Constitutional Law
An introduction to decision-making in the Supreme Court and its past
and present roles in American government. (1)
312 Civil Liberties
An examination of Supreme Court decisions dealing with the Bill of Rights
with emphasis on the First Amendment.
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)
333 Global Political Economy
A introduction to the relationship between politics and economics at
the theoretical and policy levels. (1)
342 Western Political Theory
A study of western political theory from Plato to Rawls, emphasizing
the modern period. (1)
343 American Political Theory
A survey of American political theory from colonial precursors to the
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)
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)
406 Independent Study
Supervised reading and research which results in a monograph on a particular
aspect of political science. (1)
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 agencys activities. (1)
495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation,