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POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

General Education Courses *
Writing Intensive Courses ** 

Political Science 150. American Government and Politics. An introduction to the American political system, with an emphasis upon the national political institutions, processes, groups, public behavior, and issues that shape contemporary society. 3 credits. * 

Political Science 216. American State and Local Government. A study of American state and local political institutions and processes, and of related current issues and problems. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 230.  Administration of Criminal Justice. Survey of the operations of institutions that compose our system for administering criminal justice, including police administration, premises and politics of court procedures and management, and corrections. 3 credits. 

Political Science 245. Gender and Politics. An examination of gender as a socio-political construct within a global context, including an analysis of both feminist and masculinist theories of politics. An in-depth study of the gender who, what, and how of world politics. 3 credit. * 

Political Science 255. Introduction to Comparative Politics. A survey of political systems, and a consideration of the meaning of concepts and themes such as states, political systems, nationalism, ethnicity, ideologies, racial politics, and political change. Students will become familiarized with both mainstream and alternative approaches to studying political phenomena within a comparative framework. Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe will provide the contexts. 3 credits. * 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 292.  Internship in Political Science.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of political science.  1-18 credits.

 Political Science 295. Special Topics in Political Science.  Selected topics in political science.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change.  3 credits. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 300 (HISTORY 300), Teaching History and the Social Sciences in the Secondary School. A methods course designed to offer preparation for student teaching, this class focuses in depth on content required for the secondary school classroom in history, geography, and political science.  Other topics covered include instructional planning, assessment and evaluation, teaching techniques, classroom management, and school/community interaction.  This course is open only to students seeking secondary school certification.  Prerequisites: EDUC 245 and 260.  3 credits 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 311, 312.  Studies Abroad.  Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in political science.  1-18 credits. 

Political Science 314 (HISTORY 314). Political History of Africa. A survey of the political landscape of African history. A major portion of the course examines the significance of precolonial kingdoms, assesses the growth of the “slave trade”, analyzes African intellectual history, and explores the “eve of colonialism” in Africa. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 331. Political Philosophy. Survey of the principal political theories and philosophies from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages, including the contributions of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. 3 credits.* 

Political Science 332. Political Philosophy. Survey of modern political theories and philosophies, including the contributions of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, and Marx. 3 credits. * 

Political Science 335. Western European Politics and Government. An examination of the political systems of Western Europe, with in-depth analyses of Great Britain, France, and Germany. Issues like social democracy, gendered politics, right-wing extremism, and the European Union are explored as causes of political change and continuity in Europe. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 336. Russian and Eastern European Government and Politics. Study of the governments and politics of Russia and Eastern Europe. Special attention is given to the rise and fall of Communism and to the challenges of building democratic institutions and market oriented economic systems. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 337. Asian Governments and Politics. A study of the political systems and foreign policies of the major Asian powers, with emphasis on China and Japan. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 341. American Political Thought to the Civil War. An introduction to the principal thinkers and the central themes in American political thought. 3 credits. ** 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 342.  American Political Thought 1860 to the Present. An introduction to the principal thinkers and the central themes in American political thought. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 343. American Foreign Policy. A study of U.S. foreign policy with special attention to the policy-making process, current problems in foreign affairs, and the development of long-range foreign policy. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 350. The American Presidency. The modern presidency and its role in contemporary politics, emphasizing the constitutional background of the office, the evolution of presidential powers, relationships between the presidency and the Congress and bureaucracy, the presidential election process, and the role of the presidency in policy making. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 355. Constitutional Rights and Liberties. Study of prominent Constitutional principles, issues, and practices pertaining to persons accused or convicted of crime. Particular focus on the ideas of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. Extensive use of Supreme Court decisions. 3 credits.

 Political Science 356. Constitutional Rights and Liberties. Study of prominent Constitutional principles, issues, and practices concerning government-private individual relations, with particular emphasis upon freedoms of speech, press, religion; privacy; and social and economic discrimination. Extensive use of Supreme Court decisions. 3 credits. 

Political Science 360. Political Parties. Comparison of two-party system with one-party and multi-party systems around the world; study of the nature, advantages, and disadvantages of political party systems, with an emphasis upon the development of the two-party system in the U.S. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 370. Public Administration. Survey of the premises and issues of public bureaucracies, and of principal activities of policy administrators, including personnel management, budgeting, decision-making, intergovernmental relations, and relations with courts, elected officials, and private organizations. 3 credits. 

Political Science 375. Latin American Politics and Government. A study of Latin American politics, government, and development. The course considers the importance of political institutions and social and economic forces in the processes of democratization and economic development. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 390. Directed or Independent Study in Political Science. Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 392.  Internship in Political Science.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of political science.  1-18 credits. 

Political Science 394. Political Leadership. The course investigates the diverse nature of leadership and the place of leadership in modern society. While the main emphasis is on political leadership, a strong interdisciplinary approach is employed. Students are required to think about various needs, origins, moral dilemmas, requirements, and techniques of leadership in a wide variety of differing circumstances. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 395. African Politics and Government. The course offers various intellectual perspectives on contemporary African politics. Attention is devoted to an examination of the state, political institutions, social forces and movements, gender, democratization, and regional economic development. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 441. International Relations. Study of the factors conditioning international politics, with emphasis upon the foreign policies of major powers. 3 credits. ** 

Political Science 442. International Law and Organizations. A study of international law and organizations, with emphasis upon the principles of international law.  Additional consideration of the policies of the United Nations. 3 credits. 

Political Science 443. United States Foreign Policy and National Security: 1990-2000. This course represents an endeavor to identify and analyze major US foreign policy and national security issues and threats likely facing the United States both externally and internally in the closing decade of the twentieth century. Major attention is devoted to the continuing dynamics in Russo-American relations and to problems of a politico-economic nature posed by nations of the developing or Third World. Additionally, discussions focus on various response options potentially applicable to the resolution of current issues. 3 credits. 

Political Science 455 (HISTORY 455). Constitutional History of the United States. Intensive case-study examination of the continuing development of the Constitution. Emphasis on judiciary, presidency, federalism, commerce, and due process problems. 3 credits.

 Political Science 460. Political Science Seminar. Open to juniors and seniors; offered on demand.1- 3 credits. 

Political Science 461. Senior Seminar. Capstone course in Political Science. Research, writing, and assessment of student outcomes. Required of majors in Political Science. 1 credit. **

 Political Science 465. The Role of US National Intelligence in Foreign Policy. This course provides a basic overview of the history, current organization, and missions of the US Foreign intelligence establishment ("the Intelligence Community") and its various programs and activities in support of US foreign policy and national security objectives in the closing years of the 20th century. 3 credits. 

Political Science 469 (HISTORY 469). Soviet Diplomacy. An analysis of the diplomacy and foreign policy of Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1991, with emphasis upon the political machinery and motivating forces that determine foreign policy. 3 credits. 

Political Science 490. Directed or Independent Study in Political Science. Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as.  1-18 credits. 

Political Science 492.  Internship in Political Science.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of political science.  1-18 credits. 

Political Science 495. Special Topics in Political Science.  Selected topics in political science.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change.  3 credits. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 498.  Honors Research in Political Science.  Students conduct research in political science under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits. **

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