Political Science

Courses

PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science 4.0 Credits

Studies the political process, which determines who gets what, when, and how in society.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 110 American Government I 4.0 Credits

Introduces the elements of the American political system.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 120 History of Political Thought 4.0 Credits

Introduces the Western tradition of political thought, examining a selection of works by major political thinkers. Draws on primary sources, with a textual and conceptual emphasis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 131 [WI] Research Design for Political Science 4.0 Credits

Introduction to basic principles of political science research design. Examines the process of formulating research questions in political science, developing theories with testable implications, and hypothesis testing. Students produce a research proposal including research question, literature review, and research design.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 140 Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis 4.0 Credits

Examines methods used to compare state political systems with respect to world order values in varying geographic and cultural settings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 150 International Politics 4.0 Credits

Analyzes nation-states in their external relations, including the interaction of the great powers with each other and with emerging areas.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 200 The Public Policy Process 4.0 Credits

Provides students with a general understanding of policy formulation and implementation, primarily at the national level. In addition, students gain more specialized knowledge about a policy field of their choosing. Topics covered include theories of the policy process, policy formulation and process, policy implementation, and specific policy areas.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 211 American Government II 4.0 Credits

Provides a structural analysis of selected social, economic, and political institutions at various levels of government in the American political system.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 110 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 220 Constitutional Law I 4.0 Credits

Introduction to Constitutional law and the federal courts. Examines the emergence of judicial review, the judiciary's role in the system of check and balances, and the powers and limitations on each branch of government.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 110 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 223 Comparative Political Thought 4.0 Credits

Provides an introduction to comparative political theory by studying non-canonical texts originating both within Europe and the United States and outside those areas, generally in colonized or formerly colonized countries. Specific theories include those of DuBois, Fanon, and Mariategui.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 120 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 229 Theories of Justice 4.0 Credits

Examines the nature and realization of justice over time, with special attention to the ways that justice has been conceptualized and re-conceptualized over time.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 231 Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science 4.0 Credits

Considers the theoretical and methodological challenges and opportunities associated with qualitative and multi-method research designs. Includes issues of causation, explanation, and inference, as well as practical considerations of specific research designs and methods. The qualitative research designs we consider include “small-n” historical case studies and process tracing. Specific techniques include focus groups, structured and semi-structured interviews, oral histories, archival research, participant observation, ethnographic investigations, action research, and the use of memoir and journalistic sources as data.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 131 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 232 Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science 4.0 Credits

This course provides students with concepts, principles and tools of quantitative research methodology for political science. Core concepts include quantitative measurement of political topics, survey research, and linear regression analysis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 131 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 240 Comparative Government 4.0 Credits

Uses the tools of comparative politics to examine key political issues across democratic and non-democratic countries.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSCI 140 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 250 American Foreign Policy 4.0 Credits

Examines current issues in American foreign policy, including the assumptions underlying policy goals, the means of achieving them, and the decision-making machinery.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 150 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 251 International Organization: Theory and Research 4.0 Credits

Introduces students to the theory and practice of international organizations. Focuses on three broad questions: Do international organizations matter? How do they matter? Should they matter? Course begins with an overview of major theoretical perspectives and continues with an examination of the United Nations system and its role in security, development, human rights, global health and environmental politics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 150 [Min Grade: D] or PSCI 140 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 255 International Political Economics 4.0 Credits

Analyzes the contradiction between the political-military world and the newly emerging trading world, and its impact on future global political systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 260 [WI] Social Movements in Comparative Perspective 4.0 Credits

This course considers theoretical approaches to comparative social movements by closely examining evidence about specific movements. Questions include: How have international organizations facilitated social movement mobilization? Why and how have social attitudes and state laws changed differently across different states? This course is designed to gain leverage on these questions by surveying an eclectic literature from international relations and comparative politics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSCI 140 [Min Grade: D] or PSCI 150 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 270 Problems of Individual Liberty and Government Authority 4.0 Credits

Examines the relationship between personal freedom and a just society from a variety of perspectives, all of which are designed to serve as an introduction to history and politics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSCI 120 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 272 Contemporary Political Issues 3.0 Credits

Examines a current policy issue in its political context. See departmental brochure for subject scheduled in a particular term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 280 Special Topics in Political Science II 0.5-12.0 Credits

Special topics in political science at the intermediate level. See department for details of current offerings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PSCI 313 State & Local Government 4.0 Credits

Examines major political, social, and economic problems of state, local, and metropolitan governments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 325 Political Theory from Below 4.0 Credits

Rethinks traditional approaches to political theory by emphasizing study of texts and movements "from below," drawn from both African American and Latin American thinkers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 327 Democratic Theory 4.0 Credits

Examines the works of various classical and contemporary thinkers on the nature, justification, and practice of democracy. Emphasizes matters of liberty, equality, participation, and social choice.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 329 Theories of Justice 3.0 Credits

Examines the nature and realization of justice in modern societies, with special attention to contemporary questions of civil rights.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 330 Public Opinion & Propaganda 4.0 Credits

Examines public opinion and propaganda from a variety of perspectives, including the process of opinion formation and change and its role in the development of public policy and methods of measurement and analysis of public opinion.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 331 Environmental Politics 4.0 Credits

Examines environmental politics, focusing on the United States. Solving environmental problems is not simply a question of using available science and technology; rather, proposals to combat environmental degradation confront political context that may or may not favor the aims of environmental policy. Understanding politics is therefore indispensable for effective environmental problem-solving.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 334 Politics of Environment and Health 4.0 Credits

Examines political aspects of environmental health issues. Students will examine how “environment” and “health” are defined by different stakeholders. How, according to these political actors, is health impacted by environment, and how are environmental factors addressed in healthcare? How do scientists study human exposure in everyday environments? What institutions are responsible for regulating hazardous materials? How is community health impacted by pollution and what actions do communities take to protect health? Using historical and contemporary case studies, students will engage with these questions at different scales of analysis, learning about the politics of knowledge, social movements, the medical establishment, and the ethics of health in late industrialism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 335 Political Communication 4.0 Credits

Introduces an investigation of the relationship between politics and communication, with the goal of developing an understanding of political communication's role in election campaigns, news coverage, political debates, political advertising, and "normal" portrayals of the political system through media and interpersonal communication.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 345 Comparative Politics of the Middle East 3.0 Credits

Introduces students to political issues and challenges that face Middle Eastern men and women and deepens their understanding of comparative politics in non-Western cultures and nations. Analyzes such common problems as nationalism, religion, and state/society relations, then examines in depth four countries representing various regimes. Assumes some familiarity with Middle Eastern history and concentrates primarily on contemporary politics and political economy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSCI 150 [Min Grade: D] or PSCI 344 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 351 International Organizations: The United Nations 4.0 Credits

The goal of this course is to present an overview of the nature and function of international organization in world politics. The role of the United Nations and its agencies are highlighted. Students gain an understanding of how international life is structured through these institutions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 352 Ethics and International Relations 4.0 Credits

Are ethics relevant in world politics, or are power and survival the only concerns? This course considers the main moral issues facing the international community. Topics include the "just war" tradition, human rights, humanitarian intervention, and what rich countries owe the poor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 353 International Human Rights 4.0 Credits

This course examines the origin of the international human rights movement after World War II, and discusses key issues confronting the international community today. These include genocide, political repression, the rights of women, and religious and cultural minorities. It also considers the moral basis of the rights ideal.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 357 The European Union 4.0 Credits

This course combines an introduction to the history and institutions of the European Union with a special analysis of EU enlargement and institutional reform.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 363 Constitutional Law II 4.0 Credits

Examines protections for civil liberties afforded by the First Amendment of the Constitution, specifically those related to speech, the press, religion, and assembly.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 364 Constitutional Law III 4.0 Credits

Examines Constitutional civil rights claims arising under the Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process guarantees. Focuses on claims concerning discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as those asserted under an individual right to privacy in matters of reproductive rights, sexual conduct, and end of life decisions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 365 Politics, Law, & Justice 4.0 Credits

Examines justice as politically determined, including the personnel, policies, and practices of units of the legal system, especially civil, criminal, and juvenile courts in urban areas.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 366 Supreme Court and American Politics 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the workings of the modern Supreme Court: theories of judicial interpretation; internal decision-making processes; the interplay of law and politics on the Court's personnel, agenda, and rulings; and the role of interest groups in shaping the Court's jurisprudence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 369 The Politics of Food 4.0 Credits

This course examines how politics shapes our diet. Though cultural and personal preferences influence what we eat, our food choices unfold in the context of public policies such as agricultural subsidies, trade agreements, and food safety regulations, etc. The 1st part of the course describes and analyzes the US food system, with a focus on regulatory policies and interest group politics. The 2nd part of the course examines the ideas and practices of food-based social movements that seek to create a food system that is less harmful to human and international health and more socially just than the existing system.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 371 Science, Technology, & Public Policy 4.0 Credits

Examines the political effects of technological change, including public policy efforts to affect the impact of scientific development. Covers topics including atomic energy, electronic communications, and weapons development.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSCI 372 City in United States Political Development 4.0 Credits

Course examines the role of the American city in the larger project of state-building. Topics covered include the changing functions of cities over American history; the role of cities in national political coalitions; and the construction of ethnic, racial, and class identities as a process or urbanization.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 374 Politics of Sport 4.0 Credits

The material in this course comes from a variety of disciplines and schools of thought with political science serving as an overarching framework. Issues covered include ethnicity, gender, race, nationalism, globalism, economics, and class.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 375 Politics of Immigration 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the issues associated with immigration from both a US and international as well as a historical and contemporary perspective. Emphasis will be focused on the theory, public policy and philosophical issues that are associated with this area of inquiry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 376 Running for Political Office 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the students to both the theory and practice of running for political office. Emphasis will be placed upon both the theoretical and applied aspects of political campaigns. The course will use a combination of readings, a text, films, lectures, and guest speakers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 377 Politics of Latin America 4.0 Credits

Analysis of contemporary politics in South and Central American, as well as Cuba, with several in-depth country cases. Comparative themes include: legacies of military rules, economic dependency and revolution; dynamics of democratic transition, economic reform and U.S. hegemony; and, problems of domineering presidents weak parties and marginalized social groups.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSCI 380 Special Topics in Political Science III 0.5-12.0 Credits

Special topics in political science at the intermediate/advanced level. See department for details of current offerings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PSCI 480 Special Topics in Political Science IV 0.5-12.0 Credits

Special topics in political science at the advanced level. See department for details of current offerings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PSCI 492 Political Science Honors Thesis I 3.0 Credits

Students develop and begin an in-depth research project under the supervision of a political scientist. Course is restricted to seniors with a minimum 3.30 GPA.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PSCI and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PSCI 211 [Min Grade: D] and PSCI 220 [Min Grade: D] and PSCI 230 [Min Grade: D] and PSCI 240 [Min Grade: D] and PSCI 250 [Min Grade: D] and PSCI 270 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 493 Political Science Honors Thesis II 3.0 Credits

Students complete an in-depth research project under the supervision of a political scientist.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PSCI and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PSCI 492 [Min Grade: D]

PSCI 499 Independent Study 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides independent study on a topic approved by the department.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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