Political Science Courses

PS 111. Introduction to American Government and Politics (3)
Current description: Basic concepts and analytical techniques. Political science applied to American federal government: power, institutions, socialization, communication, policy-making, and legitimacy.

PS 120. Introduction to Politics (3)
This course introduces students to the study of politics and political theories, attitudes, interactions, institutions, and systems such as economics, conflict and cooperation.

PS 121. Introduction to Global Politics (3)
This course focuses on introducing students to global politics, the governmental structure and political processes within states, and the interaction of those states with each other and non-state actors.

PS 230. Advanced Global Politics (3)
This course advances student understanding of the theories in international relations and provides a closer examination of questions of development, conflict, cooperation and security studies. Prerequisite: PS 121 (Intro to Global Politics).

PS 320. Global Politics and Conflict (3)
The purpose of this course is to critically examine causes of conflict in international relations, conflict within states i.e. “civil-war,” international responses to conflict and the effects of conflict such as civilian displacement, genocide, and environmental degradation. Prerequisite: PS 230 (Advanced Global Politics).

PS 321. Global Politics and Cooperation (3)
This course introduces students to theories of collective action as well as “real world” cooperative organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union and other regional organizations. Students will learn how cooperation can be promoted in the global context. Prerequisite: PS 230 (Advanced Global Politics).

PS 322. Global Politics and Development (3)
The course examines international political economy, a field of inquiry that involves tensions among a variety of state, market, and societal actors and institutions in an economic dimension (rather than a purely political dimension). Perspectives of neoliberalism, mercantilism and structuralism are used to explain abundance and scarcity of resources, economic interactions of international actors and how these influence power structures. Prerequisite: PS 230 (Advanced Global Politics).

PS 323. Global Politics and Human/National Security (3)
This course examines safeguarding people, territory, and a way of life from the American perspective of national defense and from the human security perspective which challenges the assumption that the state, rather than the individual, is the key unit of value. Prerequisite: PS 230 (Advanced Global Politics).

PS 335. Congress and the Presidency (3)
This course provides a survey of the key policy making bodies in American politics, the Congress and the Presidency. Special attention will be given to constitutional structure, institutional development, and the place of conflict and cooperation in executive-legislative relations. Prerequisite: PS 111 (American Government and Politics).

PS 336. Citizenship and Political Participation (3)
This course explores theories and practices of citizenship and participation in American politics. Emphasis will be placed on patterns of public involvement, explanations for participation, and changing models for understanding citizenship and political participation. Prerequisite: PS 111 (American Government and Politics).

PS 337. American Constitutionalism: Civil Rights and Liberties (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students an overview of the interpretation and development of civil rights and liberties in American politics. By incorporating a developmental approach to American constitutional politics, the intent is to balance the traditional focus on Supreme Court doctrine with appropriate attention to the place of the courts within the American political system. Prerequisite: PS 111 (American Government and Politics).

PS 327. Special Topics (3)
Current description: Options for students to study, according to their interests, a variety of topics not covered in regular courses, e.g., regional planning issues and civil liberties. Prerequisite: PS 111 (American Government and Politics).

PS 341. Ethics, Politics, and Policy (3)
This course focuses on ethical issues and controversies surrounding the formulation and implementation of public policies. The emphasis will be on learning how to make and evaluate ethical arguments about politics and policy. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

PS 457, 458. Directed Readings (1–3)
Current description: Supervised readings in political science. Credit awarded upon satisfactory completion of an examination at the end of the semester. Student should make arrangement with the supervising faculty member early in the semester before the course is to begin. Prerequisite: PS 111 (American Government and Politics) or PS 121 (Introduction to Global Politics).

PS 460. Independent Study (3-6)
Current description: Research open only to juniors and seniors with approval of department faculty. A student may elect a maximum of 6 semester hours.

PS 461. Internship (3–6)
Current description: The application, outside the classroom, of previously attained knowledge and skills, through study and through significant service to a group or organization. Credit awarded on a S/U basis.

PS 470. Senior Seminar (3)
Current description: Designed to summarize and synthesize student learning in the major field. The course includes investigation, discussion, and the presentation of a thesis involving an issue of importance to the student and to the discipline. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Corequisites: Previous completion of or current enrollment in courses in political science sufficient to complete all requirements for the minor in the discipline.