Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Political Science


PS 104      The World's Political Systems 3

Comparative survey of the structures and functions of the national governments of selected industrialized and Third World nations, such as the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, India, Nigeria, and Brazil. Scope and methods of political science and key policy issues will be treated in a comparative context. PS 104 or 110 is required for all political science majors. Study Area II [I]


PS 110      American Government & Politics      3

Structure, functions, services, and problems of government and politics at the national level. PS 110 or 104 is required of all political science majors. Study Area II


PS 230      American State and Local Government 3

Organization and major problems of state and local government in the United States, with attention to intergovernmental relations, federalism, and contemporary issues. Study Area II


PS 231      Conduct of American Foreign Policy  3

Theories, processes, and problems of American foreign policy and the craft of diplomacy, with special attention to contemporary issues.


PS 232      Ancient and Medieval Political Thought    3

Political thought from Plato to Machiavelli. Fall. Study Area I

 

PS 235      International Relations 3

Introduction to study of international relations, including international politics, international law and morality, international organization, international conflict and cooperation and the foreign policies of the major powers. Cross listed with LAS 235. No credit given to students with credit for LAS 235. Study Area II [I]


PS 241      Women and American Law  3

Examines the evolution of women's legal rights in the United States. Special attention given to the legal status of women in the economic, political, educational, and judicial sectors of society. Cross listed with WGSS 241. No credit given to students with credit for WGSS 241. Fall. (E)

 

PS 260      Public Administration   3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110. Study of administrative theory and the politics of bureaucracy. Assigned readings, field projects, and research papers. Study Area II

 

PS 280      Religion & Politics     3

A cross-national and international survey of the role and impact of religion in domestic, regional, and international politics and conflicts. Select cases and topics, including the role of religion in the politics of the U.S. will be considered. Spring. Study Area II

 

PS 291      Special Topic in Political Science  3

Examination of selected topics in political science. Topics may vary from semester to semester. On demand.

 

PS 315      Internet & Media Politics     3

Technologies of the information superhighway, their political implications, and decentralizing effects; economic concentration in the media industries; politics and public policy toward the telecommunications industries; the 1996 Telecommunications Act; rate deregulation; and potential threats to privacy and freedom of speech and of the press. Spring. (O) Study Area II


PS 325      Public Opinion in American Politics 3

Content and context of public opinion in American politics, and its relationship to political analysis in the mass media. Emphasis on the formation and political impact of public opinion, and on opinion measurement techniques; critical analysis of the reliability and credibility of political arguments expressed in the public sphere. Fall.

 

PS 330      American Parties and Interest Groups      3

Prereq.:  PS 104, 110 or permission of instructor. Historical development and current operation of party organizations in the United States, with attention to voting behavior, interest groups, the influence of news media, etc. Field research projects. Fall. (E)

 

PS 331      American Constitutional Law   3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110. Great constitutional issues through the study of Supreme Court decisions. Origins of judicial review in Marbury v. Madison to current issues, exclusive of civil liberties. In addition to the traditional case approach, attention is given to a behavioral understanding of judicial decision making.

 

PS 332      Civil Liberties   3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110. Constitutional safeguards of liberty and property. Special attention to privileges and immunities, equality and civil rights. Cross listed with AMS 332. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 332.


PS 334      Modern Political Thought      3

Critical consideration is given to modern political thinkers, origins, developments, and present significance. Spring. Study Area II

 

PS 335      American Political Thought    3

American political thought, with special attention to early and contemporary discussion of liberalism, conservatism, pluralism, and radicalism. Spring. (E)


PS 336      West European Governments     3

Comparison of selected West European political systems, mainly in Britain, France and West Germany. Other countries may be included. [I]


PS 338      International Organization    3

Basic assumptions, objectives, growth, problems, and prospects of international organizations, such as the League of Nations, the U.N. and its specialized agencies, the O.A.S. Irregular. [I]

 

PS 339      International Law 3

Nature and functions of international law in the international community, in theory as well as in practice. [I]


PS 343      Political Leadership    3

Prereq.:  PS 104, 110 or instructor's permission. Analysis of political leadership and its role in the political process.


PS 344      Interpretation of Political Data    3

Prereq.:  PS 104, 110 or permission of instructor. Basic introduction to computer applications in political science and use of computer and analytic skills in such areas as domestic and international politics, research, administration, policy studies, and political campaigns. Fall. (E)  


PS 345      International Terrorism 3

Examination of definitions, history, philosophy, and theories of international terrorism, as well as tactics and strategies of terrorist groups and responses of governments, with emphasis on policy alternatives and civil liberties dilemmas for democratic countries combatting terrorism. [I]


PS 380      International Conflict and Security 3

Theory and case studies of international and domestic conflict and conflict resolution during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Emphasis on forms of conflict (international war, civil wars, revolutions, domestic insurgencies) and forms of conflict resolution (intervention, bargaining, negotiation, diplomacy and strategies of international security, peace-building and peacekeeping). Fall, Spring, Summer. [I]


PS 415      Government & Business in the Information Age    3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110 or 315 or permission of department chair. Analysis of the evolution of the pattern of interaction between business and government in the American administrative and political process as we enter the information age, with attention to how we as members of society are affected by and may influence this process. Spring. (E) [GR]


PS 420      Government and Politics of Latin America  3

Historical, social, economic, and ideological factors impacting contemporary government and politics in Latin America. Summer. [I] [GR]


PS 421      Government and Politics of Africa   3

Historical, social, economic, and ideological factors impacting contemporary government and politics in Africa. Summer. [I] [GR]


PS 425      Asian Politics    3

Prereq.:  PS 104. Examination of the government and politics of East and South Asia with major focus on Japan, China, and India. Emphasis on historical and cultural forces shaping politics, Western impact on Asia, and cross-national comparisons. Spring. [I] [GR]


PS 430      The American Presidency 3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor. Office of President and place in the political system, colonial antecedents and modern counterparts. Emphasis on the presidency's functional and institutional development, contemporary role in politics and public policy, and interplay between man and office. Cross listed with AMS 430. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 430. Spring. [GR]


PS 431      The Legislative Process 3

Prereq.:  PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor. Structure, behavior, and operation of U.S. Congress. Comparison with state legislatures. Interrelationships with executive and judicial branches. Problems of popular representation. Attention to the budgetary process, lobbying, and campaign financing. Spring. (O) [GR]

 

PS 432      Urban Politics and Government 3

Prereq.: PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor (non-Political Science introductory courses may be substituted with permission of instructor). Selected urban conditions and problems such as housing, racial relations, power structure, intergovernmental relations, partisan politics, group behavior, forms of government, politics of planning, regionalism, economic development, transportation, and communication. Field research projects. Fall. (O) [GR]


PS 433      20th-Century Political Thought      3

Contemporary approaches to political theory, such as socialism, conservatism, liberalism, and group theory. Fall. [GR]


PS 434      Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3

Historical background, contemporary setting, political processes, and major problems of some of the countries of Middle East and North Africa. Spring. [I] [GR]

 

PS 435      Russian and Eastern Europe    3

Government and politics of Russia and of selected Eastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. Irregular. [I] [GR]


PS 439      U.S. Middle East Policy 3

Examination of the evolution of United States foreign policy towards the Middle East since WW II. Emphasis placed on the sources, determinants, and goals of United States policy and the challenges facing the United States in the region. Irregular. [GR]


PS 445      Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation     3

Prereq.:  PS 260 or permission of department chair. An investigation in perspectives and methods of measuring public policies. [GR]

 

PS 446      The Budgetary Process   3

Prereq.:  PS 110 and 260. Examination and analysis of budgeting as an administrative and political process, with attention to techniques and reform efforts. [GR]

 

PS 448      The Politics of Human Services      3

Study of the politics and administration of government programs that deal with human problems such as poverty, crime, health, manpower development, and housing. [GR]


PS 450      Ethics, Corruption, and Virtue in Public Service      3

Prereq.:  PS 110, 260, and junior standing. An examination of the ethical dimensions of public service, including elective, appointment, and civil service. Topics include relationship between ethical theory and practice, standards of evaluation for action, administrative discretion, and ethical training for public administrators. Fall.


PS 480      Government Intern Experience  4

Prereq.:  Junior or senior status with 2.50 grade point average or higher; or for graduate students, permission of department chair. To be taken concurrently with PS 481. Students who apply and are admitted to this program are assigned to work in state and local government departments and agencies for a minimum of two days a week. Not open to students who have completed PS 482 and 483. By application. [GR]


PS 481      Intern Seminars and Research  4

Prereq.:  Junior or senior status with 2.50 grade point average or higher; or for graduate students, permission of department chair. Seminars, a paper analyzing the internship experience, and research projects related to work assignments of PS 480 are required. Open only to students currently enrolled in PS 480. [GR]


PS 482      Government Intern Experience  6 TO 8

Prereq.:  Junior, senior, or graduate status; a minimum of 3.00 grade point average unless special exception is granted by the internship advisor in consultation with the department chair. Must be taken concurrently with PS 483. Students who apply and are admitted to this internship are assigned to work on a full-time basis, five days per week with the State legislature or administrative department or agencies. Cannot be taken by students who have completed PS 480 and 481. No more than 4 credits of PS 482 may be applied toward a political science major. By application. Fall, Spring, Summer. [GR]


PS 483      Intern Seminars and Research  6 TO 8

Prereq.:  Junior or senior or graduate status; a minimum of 3.00 grade point average unless special exception is granted by the internship advisor in consultation with the department chair. Must be taken concurrently enrolled in PS 482. A series of seminars, assigned readings, a paper analyzing the experience and completion of a substantial research project related to work assignment of PS 482. No more than 4 credits of PS 483 may be applied toward a political science major. Fall, spring, summer. [GR]


PS 490      Directed Readings in Political Science    1 TO 6

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Individual programs of study for students with special abilities or interests in political science. May be repeated with different topics to a maximum of 6 credits. On demand. [GR]


PS 491      Advanced Studies in Political Science     1 TO 6

Intensive study of selected problems in political science. On demand. [GR]

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