Political Science

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this program.

The political science program in the Department of History & Politics helps students cultivate perspective, develop critical thinking and communication skills, and understand the economic, social, and political systems within which we live and work. Our curriculum builds on the department's research focuses and strengths. These include public policy, environmental politics, international organizations, human rights, and law and society. This flexible program allows students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for public service, the business world, graduate school in political science, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Degree Offered

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science. Students may choose a substantive 'track' that best fits their needs and future goals. Our current tracks are: American Politics and Policy, International Politics, and Law and Politics.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides a flexible course of study, which includes foreign language and allows for options in the fulfillment of humanities, social science, math, and science requirements.


In addition, the department also offers minors in American Studies, European Studies, HistoryScience, Technology and Human Affairs, Politics, and World History and Politics.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Two Math courses6.0-8.0
Two Science courses*6.0-8.0
Foundation Requirements
Two Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Three Consecutive Foreign Language courses (must complete level 201)**12.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts electives12.0
Four Social Science electives12.0
Two International Studies electives6.0
Core Political Science Requirements
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Political Science Research Methods Sequence
PSCI 131Research Design for Political Science4.0
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Intermediate Courses16.0
Select four of the following courses:
The Public Policy Process
American Government II
Constitutional Law I
Comparative Political Thought
Theories of Justice
Comparative Government
American Foreign Policy
International Organization: Theory and Research
Social Movements in Comparative Perspective
Problems of Individual Liberty and Government Authority
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Constitutional Law II
Political Science Electives ***32.0
Free Electives33.0
Total Credits181.0-185.0

*

Any Biology (BIO), Chemisitry (CHEM), Geoscience (GEO), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS) or Environmental Science (ENVS) course.

**

University requirement is two consecutive courses; the third language course, though listed here, is a departmental requirement.

***

Choose eight 200-level or above PSCI courses.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 131Research Design for Political Science4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Mathematics course3.0
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Social Science elective3.0
Mathematics course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Science elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Political Science elective4.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 8
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
International Area Studies elective3.0
Political Science electives8.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
Political Science elective4.0
International Area Studies elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 181.0

Accelerated BA in Political Science and MS in Science, Technology & Society

About the Program

Drexel University permits undergraduate students to apply for graduate programs while completing their undergraduate programs, allowing students to complete their master's degrees in a shorter amount of time.

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA degree and an MS degree in Science, Technology & Society (two diplomas are awarded) in five years.

Students entering the program must:

  • have and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average throughout the program
  • have no fewer than 90.0 earned credits
  • have no more than 120.0  registered credits

The Department of History and Politics would especially like to encourage its own majors to consider the accelerated degree program in Science, Technology & Society. If you are currently enrolled in a 4+1 (4COP Accelerated Program) degree program, you are required to fill out the Accelerated Degree Level Conversion Form. After obtaining all the required signatures, please direct the form to the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies Office, Randell 240.

For more information about the accelerated BA/MS program, contact:

STS Program Director
Macalister Hall, 3025
215.895.2463

Recommended Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisors in the Science, Technology & Society program to schedule an individualized plan of study for their accelerated degree completion.

The following is a sample plan of study for a student starting in junior year, with 108.0 credit hours completed:

Dual Bachelor's Degree & MSTS Degree

222.0 minimum credits

Term 7Credits
Undergraduate Courses13.0
Two Science, Technology & Society Courses*6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 8
Undergraduate Courses13.0
Two Science, Technology & Society Courses6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 9
Undergraduate Courses10.0
Two Science, Technology & Society Courses6.0
One Graduate Elective**3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 10
Undergraduate Courses10.0
Two Science, Technology & Society Courses6.0
HIST 696Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 11
Undergraduate Courses13.0
One Graduate Elective**3.0
HIST 697Practicum: Science and Technology in Action3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 12
One Graduate Elective10.0
Undergraduate Courses**3.0
HIST 698Master's Thesis6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Total Credit: 114.0

 

*

HIST 501 recommended as the first course.

**

Graduate electives may be taken as graduate-level courses in History-Politics or from other departments/Colleges within the University

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Political science majors have a wide variety of co-op experiences from which to choose. Business and public utilities offer many lucrative possibilities, and local, state, and federal governments; museums and archives; and law firms present many additional interesting co-op placements. Pre-law students, for example, are especially eager to see the inside of a law office, whether the co-op job they receive is clerical or a more challenging paralegal assignment. These practical experiences in the “real” world can reinforce the lessons of the classroom, sharpen skills, and establish important contacts. Sample co-op positions include:

  • Law clerk/paralegal, Joe Davidson, Attorney-at-Law, Philadelphia
  • Research analyst, Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Harrisburg, PA
  • Legislative intern, Corporate Public Affairs Division, Philadelphia Electric Company
  • Assistant lobbyist, Government Relations Office, Drexel University
  • Education intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant, Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA

Career Opportunities

The flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for the business world, graduate school in history or political science, the Department's Masters Program in Science, Technology, and Society, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

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 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]

History + Politics Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. Russian history, history of science, history of ecology, history of medicine.
Phillip M. Ayoub, PhD (Cornell University). Assistant Professor. Transnational politics, social movements, gender and politics, international norm diffusion, and human rights.
Scott Barclay, PhD (Northwestern University) Department Head, History + Politics. Professor. Judicial systems, civil rights, public policy and administration.
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Assistant Professor. Modern South Asian history, urban environmental history, history of economic thought, and post-colonial theory.
Eric Dorn Brose, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. German and European history.
Zoltan Buzas, PhD (Ohio State University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. International relations theory, international security, and international law and norms.
George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Colonialism, social movements, political theory, Latin America, and race and racism.
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Women and politics, public law, American politics and policy.
Richardson Dilworth, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, Center for Public Policy. Associate Professor. American political development, urban politics, public policy.
Daniel V. Friedheim, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Teaching Professor. International relations, comparative politics, democratization.
Erin R. Graham, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International organization and law, international relations theory, and global environmental governance.
Amelia Hoover Green, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental politics.
Kelly Joyce, PhD (Boston College) Director, Master's Program in Science Technology & Society. Professor. Science, medicine and technology; aging and technology; qualitative social science methods, social theory.
Alison Kenner, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Science, technology, and health; environmental health problems; cities and place; feminist theory; medical anthropology; digital humanities.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. History of technology, disaster, and public policy.
Jonson Miller, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Teaching Professor. American history, military history, and history of engineering and technology.
Julie Mostov, PhD (New York University) Associate Vice Provost for International Programs. Professor. Modern political thought, democratic theory, nationalism, gender studies, South Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of International Area Studies. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
Elva F. Orozco-Mendoza, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amhert). Assistant Professor. Political theory, feminist theory, comparative politics, and issues in Latin American politics.
Gwen Ottinger, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Social studies of science and technology, environmental justice, science and engineering ethics, environmental ethics.
William L. Rosenberg, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Behavioral politics, public opinion, and political communication.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Assistant Professor. History of science and technology, transnational history, food and environment, history of the life sciences, science and fascism.
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Director of Undergraduate Studies for History + Politics. Associate Teaching Professor. History of religion, science, medicine, witchcraft, early modern Europe, Italy.
Amy Slaton, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. History of science and technology, race, disability, intersectionality, and labor.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative and transnational history.
Donald F. Stevens, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Modern Latin American history.
Robert Zaller, PhD (Washington University). Professor. English history and early modern European history.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard L. Rosen, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Professor Emeritus. History of science, appropriate technology, and world history.
Michael J. Sullivan, PhD (University of Virginia). Professor Emeritus. Comparative politics and developing nations.
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