University Bulletin 2016-17

Political Science

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  • PSC 101
    Intro Pol Sci - Honors - H
    3 cr

    This course is an intellectual investigation of the traditional and behavioral approaches to the five broad areas of sub-fields that constitute the academic study of political science, namely, political theory, American government, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration.

  • PSC 130
    Intro to US Government
    3 cr

    Stresses formation and principles of the United States Constitution and roles of Congress, the President, and the Courts in the American system of government. Considers popular participation in politics, rights and responsibilities of citizens, and current public problems. Core Course. PSC and CJ majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

  • PSC 230
    Current Political Issues
    3 cr

    An examination of the perennial political questions as they arise in current political issues and the arguments supporting different positions on the issues.

  • PSC 232
    State and Local Governments
    3 cr

    An overview of state and local government systems. An analysis of administration and politics within states and localities and an examination of state and local governmental action.

  • PSC 250
    Comparative Politics
    3 cr

    Introduction to the basic differences and similarities of the major political systems of the world. Emphasis is placed upon governmental structures and processes. PSC majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

  • PSC 251
    World Leaders
    3 cr

    This course introduces students to the concept of leadership and focuses on the lives and achievements of a number of influential 20th century leaders.

  • PSC 270
    International Relations
    3 cr

    A survey of theoretical and substantive aspects of international relations. Topics covered include power and alternative to power, war and peace, money and trade, international organization and law, North-South relations, environment and technology, human rights, and the like. PSC majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

  • PSC 301
    Public Policy
    3 cr

    Examination of selected functions and policies of the U.S. government, with special emphasis on the relationship between politics and the socioeconomic environment. Emphasis is placed upon the political, economic, and historical variables as they affect contemporary public policy output.

    Pre-requisite: PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C
  • PSC 310
    Research Methods
    3 cr

    Examines the concepts and techniques of systematic political analyses and research methodology. (Identical to CJ 310). PSC and CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.

  • PSC 311
    Political Philosophy I
    3 cr

    An examination of the central themes of classical Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. Cross-listed as PHL 311. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 311 and either PHL 311 or CLA 311. PSC majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

  • PSC 312
    Political Philosophy II
    3 cr

    An examination of the central themes of modern Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Cross-listed as PHL 312. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 312 and PHL 312. PSC majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

  • PSC 313
    Political Philosophy III-W
    3 cr

    An examination of the central themes of modern Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Hegel, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Cross-listed as PHL 313. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 313 and PHL 313. PSC majors must pass with a 'C' or better.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 330
    Judicial Process
    3 cr

    The study of the American judicial process at the federal and state court levels. (Identical to CJ 330)

  • PSC 331
    Constitutional Law - W
    3 cr

    Principles of constitutional powers and liberties will be examined through an analysis of decisions and opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Identical to CJ 331).

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 338
    Parties-Political Particip
    3 cr

    Examines the nature of participation in the political process with special emphasis on political parties, interest groups and voting.

  • PSC 340
    Race, Gender, & Politics
    3 cr

    This course is designed to provide students with a critical examination of race and gender in the political system. From the founding to the present, politics and government reflect ideological judgments about who gets what, when, and how. As such, government has legitimized only certain individuals as political actors, certain identities as politically relevant, certain relationships as important, and certain practices as the means by which one might change political status. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

  • PSC 345
    Women and Politics
    3 cr

    The central premise of this course is that politics cannot be fully understood without including gender as an analytical construct. From the founding to the present, politics and government reflect ideological judgments about who gets what, when and how. As such, government has legitimized only certain individuals as political actors and certain identities as politically relevant. This course sets out to discover how gender "matters" in U.S. politics.

  • PSC 347
    Public Opinion and Polit Part
    3 cr

    The formation, composition, distribution, and measurement of public opinions and its effect upon public policy.

  • PSC 360
    Politics of Europe
    3 cr

    Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the European countries, with a special focus on Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia.

  • PSC 363
    Politics of Latin America
    3 cr

    Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the Latin American countries.

  • PSC 364
    Politics of Africa -W
    3 cr

    Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the countries of Sub-Sahara Africa.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 365
    Middle East Politics - W
    3 cr

    Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 368
    Politics of South Asia - W
    3 cr

    Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the South Asian countries.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 372
    American Foreign Policy
    3 cr

    The traditional features, the formulation, the instruments, and the general trends of American diplomacy.

  • PSC 390
    Special Topics -
    3 cr

    Study of a significant topic or problem in political science. May be repeated up to two times when content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the political science major.

  • PSC 401
    Public Administration - W
    3 cr

    National, state, and local administration, with special attention to the relationship between formal agency structure and policy execution.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 411
    Criminal Justice Admin
    3 cr

    This course applies classical and modern management and organization theories to a broad range of institutions, actors, and agencies, including police, courts, and corrections, as well as drug traffickers, sexual offender treatment centers, and homeland security agencies.

  • PSC 421
    Amer Pol Thought I - W
    3 cr

    An examination of the central themes of American political thought through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Roger Williams, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Thoreau, Calhoun, and Lincoln.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 422
    Amer Pol Thought II - W
    3 cr

    An examination of the central themes of American political thought through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Tocqueville, Sumner, Veblen, Lippmann, Niebuhr, Martin Luther King. Jr., and Malcolm X.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 436
    Politics of Urban Govt
    3 cr

    A study of urban growth with an analysis of the major problems facing large cities in this country. Political, administrative, social, and economic aspects will be covered

  • PSC 437
    Legislative Process in U.S.
    3 cr

    Principles, procedures, and problems of law making, with special attention given to the U.S. Congress.

  • PSC 438
    The Amer Presidency - W
    3 cr

    A study of the presidency in its institutional context, with an emphasis on competing strategies of executive decision making and leadership.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 440
    Adv Studies in Pub Policy - W
    3 cr

    Advanced study of the trends in the sub-field of public policy, major themes, or more specialized treatment of a specific area. May be repeated for credit when content varies (Identical to CJ 440).

  • PSC 450
    Adv Studies Compar Politics-
    3 cr

    Advanced study in the area of comparative politics.

    Pre-requisite: PSC 250 Minimum Grade of C
  • PSC 452
    The Muslim World
    3 cr

    This course will introduce students to Islam and Islamism in the Muslim world. In doing so, the course will cover the politics, economics, and sociocultural environment in Muslim countries; discuss the meaning, characteristics, causes and consequences of Islamism; profile a few of the most prominent Islamic organizations; cover the biographies of the most prominent Muslim leaders and Islamists; and offer suggestions for ameliorating the relations between the Muslim world and the West in a way that promotes mutual understanding and peace, rather than misunderstanding and conflict.

  • PSC 470
    Adv Studies Intl Relations-
    3 cr

    Advanced study in the field of international relations.

    Pre-requisite: PSC 270 Minimum Grade of C
  • PSC 473
    International Law
    3 cr

    The course covers major issues, cases and topics in public and private international law. Topics covered include individuals and corporations, diplomatic relations, extraterritorial jurisdiction, human rights, economic relations, treaty system, environmental law, arbitration and adjudication, and the use of force. (Identical to CJ 473 and IS 473.)

  • PSC 475
    Internationl Political Economy
    3 cr

    An integrative course that combines material from political science, economics, international relations, and general business studies. Topics covered include public policy towards multinational corporations, issues of globalization, theoretical issues about international political economy, trade and finance, and the like. (Identical to IS 475.)

  • PSC 481
    Public Policy and Aging
    3 cr

    Examines government response to the growing number of older Americans. The course examines the policy process and focuses on such issues as retirement, pensions, health care, housing, social services, and intergenerational issues. Elder advocacy and the long term political consequences of demographic changes are also addressed.

  • PSC 490
    Special Topics -
    3 cr

    Study of a significant topic or problem in political science. May be repeated up to two times when the content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the political science major.

  • PSC 492
    Capstone Seminar in PSC-W
    3 cr

    Required course for all political science majors and serves as the comprehensive experience in political science. The course will be taught at the senior level and will focus on public policy issues at the national and international levels. In addition to the course requirement, including a major research paper, students must take the ETS field test in political science and receive a satisfactory score. Political Science majors must pass with a "C" or better. The course serves as a capstone course for political science majors. Taught in the fall semester.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • PSC 494
    Directed Studies -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will pursue directed research or readings on an approved topic in political science. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing, PSC major, and a minimum GPA of "B" in both PSC and overall.

  • PSC 496
    Prof Studies - Internship
    3 cr

    Relates the intern's classroom studies with occupational and professional experiences in an approved governmental or non-governmental agency. Written reports required. Prerequisites: Open only to junior or senior political science majors or minors. S/U grading only.

  • PSC 499
    Honors Thesis - H - W
    3 TO 6 cr

    The research and writing of a major paper in the field of political science. Prerequisite: USA Honors Program or permission of Department Chairman.

  • PSC 500
    Pub Admin-Org Theory Pub Mgmt
    3 cr

    A review and examination of the several principal, traditional, and contemporary theories of organization, policy, and administration. Field problems and case studies are stressed.

  • PSC 501
    Public Administration
    3 cr

    National, state, and local administration, with special attention to the relationship between formal agency structure and policy execution.

  • PSC 510
    Intergov-Interorg Relations
    3 cr

    A review of the political, fiscal, and administrative relationships between various levels of government in America. In addition, the emerging nexus to 3d sector non-profit organization will be examined.

  • PSC 511
    Crim. Justice Admin.
    3 cr

    This course applies classical and modern management and organization theories to a broad range of institutions, actors, and agencies, including police, courts, and corrections, as well as drug traffickers, sexual offender treatment centers, and homeland security agencies.

  • PSC 520
    Research Methods and Design
    3 cr

    Social science research methodologies will be used to help students develop skills for policy analysis and decision making in the public service. Stresses the understanding of research methods and data collection in a Public Administration setting. Theoretical development and elaboration, and an overview of the variety of research designs used in social science research will be included.

  • PSC 530
    Quantitative Analysis
    3 cr

    Focus is on application of statistical analysis techniques to Public Administration problems and issues. Computer analysis and interpretation of descriptive statistics will be emphasized. Topics will include fundamentals of probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, point estimation, association, correlation, and multi variate analysis.

  • PSC 537
    Legislative Process in the US
    3 cr

    Principles, procedures, and problems of law making, with special attention to the U.S. Congress.

  • PSC 540
    Public Hum Resource Mgt
    3 cr

    This course will cover contemporary topics in public administration, including public-employee unionization, relevance of the traditional civil-service approach, the challenge of employee productivity and motivation, equal opportunity, and public service ethics.

  • PSC 541
    Leadership Theory and Practice
    3 cr

    The course will provide the analytical and intellectual thought, careful examination and reflection of the core issues in the practice of leadership. Models and influence on leadership will be critically examined.

  • PSC 550
    Managing the Public Budget
    3 cr

    This course emphasizes the political management and public-policy implications of budget reform. The conceptual framework for program and performance budgeting will be explored, as well as the increasing congressional role in federal budget policy.

  • PSC 560
    Comparative Public Admin
    3 cr

    A study of the operation of government systems throughout the world-their history, features, similarities, and differences.

  • PSC 570
    Administrative Law
    3 cr

    This course emphasizes the relationship between administrative processes of government and the legal system. Attention is given not only to the administrative process involving formal adjudication, rule making, and judicial review, but also to those processes involving formal and unreviewed discretionary action. Students propose legal resolutions to contemporary administrative issues.

  • PSC 572
    Environmental Law
    3 cr

    This course will introduce the student to some of the fundamental concepts of environmental law. It will utilize the philosophy and history of environmental law as it has developed from the Common Law of England to provisions of a Municipal Code

  • PSC 576
    Adm Issues CJ Men Health
    3 cr

    An overview of the relevant federal and state laws, federal regulations, and court rulings that address the issues of criminal justice for preserving the rights of those citizens who suffer from mental illness.

  • PSC 580
    Public Pol Analysis and Eval
    3 cr

    A practical introduction to policy and program evaluation including a general overview of conceptual frameworks by which evaluation are conducted and an examination of the various qualitative and quantitative techniques by which policy outcomes and programs are analyzed. Designed to develop skills necessary for conducting evaluations and assessing the validity and credibility of evaluations conducted by others.

    Pre-requisite: PSC 520 Minimum Grade of B and PSC 530 Minimum Grade of B
  • PSC 581
    Public Policy and Aging
    3 cr

    Examines government response to the growing number of older Americans. The course examines the policy process and focuses on such issues as retirement, pensions, health care, housing, social services, and intergenerational issues. Elder advocacy and the long term political consequences of demographic changes are also addressed.

  • PSC 585
    Health Policy
    3 cr

    This course focuses on two distinct aspects of American Health Policy. First, the policy making process is examined in the context of health care and the major decision making powers (Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and special interests). Second, existing health care policies are examined with an emphasis on the implications for access, financing, and quality of care. Finally, existing U.S. health policies are compared and contrasted with those of similar and dissimilar political systems.

  • PSC 586
    Health Administration
    3 cr

    Applications of management principles to health care organizations with a focus on governance and leadership, human resources, control systems, strategic planning, and accountability.

  • PSC 587
    Health Politics & The Elderly
    3 cr

    This course focuses on the health policy process and issues impacting the elderly with particular attention given to the politics of legislation, financing mechanisms, and strategies for reform.

  • PSC 590
    Special Topics -
    3 cr

    Study of a significant topic in Public Administration. May be repeated for credit when the content varies.

  • PSC 594
    Dir St -
    1 TO 6 cr

    Under the guidance of a faculty member, student will pursue directed study of approved topics in public administration. For non-thesis students.

  • PSC 596
    Prof St - Intern Publ Admin
    3 TO 6 cr

    Relates the participants' classroom studies to occupational and professional experiences in an approved public agency. Written reports required. May be taken for a total of nine hours. (For further details, see section on Internship.)

  • PSC 599
    Thesis
    3 TO 6 cr

    Completion and oral defense of a master's thesis based upon original research. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. A minimum of six hours credit is required to meet degree requirements. Prerequisite: Approval of research prospectus including IRB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval if applicable.