Political Science

PS 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 SH
A study of the nature and manifestations of power and ideology in the modern world. This course seeks to present a broad but selective introduction to government and politics, to develop the capacity to think in terms of political concepts and to aid the student in acquiring greater political awareness. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Every semester. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 102 American Government 3 SH
A study of the institutional, theoretical and functional features of American national government with special attention to contemporary trends and problems. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Every semester. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 104 World Governments, Economies and Cultures 3 SH
Political, historical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives are used to examine the problems and prospects of the contemporary world. Course topics will be selected in terms of current global issues and developments. Listed as Behavioral and Social Sciences General Education elective. Every semester. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/ECO 110 Introduction to Political Economy 3 SH
See ECO/PS 110. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 200 International Relations 3 SH
A study of those factors underlying international politics and determining foreign policies of national governments. Among topics discussed are geographic and economic influences, international law, psychological bases of war and peace, nationalism and sovereignty. Various international organizations are examined as to purpose, structure and achievement. The contemporary international scene is utilized as a frame of reference. Not open to freshmen. Fall semester of odd numbered year. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 201 Political Theory 3 SH
A study of the nature of politics, ideological and intellectual movements and the contributions of concepts, men and ideas to an understanding of the political process. From an historical, empirical and contemporary perspective. Spring semeste of odd numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/MGT 202 Introduction to Public Administration 3 SH
See MGT/PS 202. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 212 Policy-Making Process in American Government 3 SH
Selected case study approach to government decision-making, including both domestic and foreign policy issues, emphasizing such factors as history, intelligence, resources, leadership and the political culture in defining the realities of influence and power in the policy-making process. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: PS 102. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 213 Politics and the Court 3 SH
A study of the origins, growth and scope of the Supreme Court in relation to American politics and institutional developments. Emphasis will be on contemporary problems of constitutional interpretation.  Spring semester of even numbered year.  Prerequisite: PS 102.  General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/HIS 215 Development of American Political Thought from Colonial Times to World War I 3 SH
See HIS/PS 215. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 216 The American Presidency 3 SH
A critical examination of the constitutional, institutional, historical and contemporary aspects of presidential power, leadership and accountability. Spring of odd numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 102. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 217 The Legislative Process 3 SH
The analysis of the legislative process from an institutional and behavioral standpoint, with special emphasis on the contemporary context of the structure, organization and functions of the legislative systems in relation to other organs of American government. Spring semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 102. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 218 American State and Local Government 3 SH
A study of the structure and functions of state and local government in the United States, with particular emphasis upon socio-economic problems that confront effective government today. Relevant state and local government resources available on the world wide web will be integrated into this course. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Fall semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 100 or PSY 102 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/HIS 262 The History of the American Constitution 3 SH
See HIS/PS 262. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 267 Recent American Thought 3 SH
A critical study of individuals, movements and ideas in American political thought since the turn of the century. Emphasis will be upon exploring the three main ideological traditions — liberalism, conservatism and radicalism — and the contributions of key thinkers to these developments in relation to politics and the social structure. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: PS 100.

PS 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

PS 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

PS 305 Comparative Government and Politics 3 SH
A behavioral, institutional and theoretical study of selected governments in the post-industrial world, emphasizing contemporary problems and issues in domestic and foreign policy. Spring semester of even numbered year.  Prerequisite: PS 104 or PS 110; SS 201 recommended or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 306 Comparative Communist and Post-Communist Systems 3 SH
The course examines the political and cultural institutions, as well as the performance of communist and post-communist states. The dramatic changes since the end of the Cold War will be emphasized, along with current issues and relations with the non-communist world. Instruction may include a focus upon Russia and the former Soviet Republics and/or China and others. Course topic varies depending on staffing. Fall semester of odd numbered year.  Prerequisite: PS 104 or 110; SS 201 recommended or permission of instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/SOC 310 Political Sociology 3 SH
A study of how political attitudes and beliefs are formed and how they influence the performance of government. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: SOC 100 and PS 100 or 102. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/COM 311 Politics and the Media 3 SH
This course will focus on the inter-relatedness of the American political system and the sociological, electoral, economic, and psychological aspects of a multifaceted media. An analytic, critical and practical examination of the ways in which the media and its technology strengthen and weaken the aspects of contemporary politics.  Fall semester of even numbered year. Prerequisites:  COM 190 or any 100 level political science course. General Education: Humanities/Communication and Social Sciences.

PS 315 Environmental Issues in International Relations 3 SH
This course examines environmentalism in international politics and the dilemmas that these issues pose to international actors. The class will review the rise and history of environmentalism in international politics, and analyze various scientific and political economic perspectives of environmental policy-making. Case studies of specific issues such as ozone depletion and global warming will be used to examine both successes and failures in international environmental policy-making. Spring semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 104 or PS/ECO 110. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/JLA 322 Constitutional Law 3 SH
See JLA/PS 322. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/HIS 382 A Contemporary Middle East 3 SH
Analysis of the governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa since the Second World War. Topics include the Arab League, the Arab-Palestinian/ Israeli conflict, regional alliances, the major powers rivalries, the emergence of OPEC and power of “petro-dollars,” economic development, and the various political systems and their reaction to social change and women’s movements. Consideration will be given to the legislative, executive and judicial machinery of politics and the elements that affect the actual translation of goals and policy into action in a Middle Eastern case-study. Alternate academic years. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 400 Advanced Topics in Political Science 2–6 SH
The current topic and credit hours of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the interests of the students and faculty. Aspects of political science not introduced, or not treated in depth, in other courses of the major will be studied and/or examined more thoroughly. Examples that could be included: theory and practice; geopolitics; or contemporary issues in American politics. A topic description will be provided in the registration booklet. The course may be repeated for credit with different content and with permission of the department. Course credits and prerequisite: determined at time of offering. Offered periodically.  Open to juniors and seniors. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 401 Global Conflict Resolution 3 SH
The course reviews global resolution in many settings and includes informal efforts by private interveners and scholar-practitioners, formal interventions by individual, regional, transnational and international organizations. It also looks at conflict resolution within small and large states. The roots of some of the major current and recent conflicts in the world and the efforts to resolve them will also be examined. The theory and practice of conflict resolution, including the role of the United Nations and other inter-governmental organizations, the impact of unilateral actions by governments, and efforts by non-government organizations will also be discussed. The class will also consider the various approaches to conflict resolution in the post-Cold War world in light of the heightened urgency for workable means to resolve such conflicts. Learning approaches include discussions, case study analysis and simulation. Fall semester of odd numbered year. Prerequisite: PS 100 or 104 or SS 401, or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS 402 Violent and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution 3 SH
The course examines the major theories of violent and nonviolent conflict resolution, and their applications in the Twentieth and Twenty-First centuries, including a variety of conflict management perspectives, and the techniques of dispute intervention that flow from them. Case studies may include the works of Mahatma Gandhi, Johan Galtung, and Martin Luther King, Jr. for nonviolent and Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx and Hans Morgenthau for violent conflict resolution. The outcomes of these two forms of government and citizen action will be analyzed based on their impact on individual, group and state objectives. Learning approaches include discussions, lecture, case study and analysis and simulation. Spring semester of odd numbered year.  Prerequisite: PS 100 or 104 or SS 401 and junior standing, or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

PS/COM 411 Politics and the Media 3 SH

This course will focus on the inter-relatedness of the American political system and the sociological, electoral, economic, and psychological aspects of a multifaceted media. An analytic, critical and practical examination of the ways in which the media and its technology strengthen and weaken the aspects of contemporary politics. Prerequisites: PS 100 level course or COM 190 or permission of instructor plus junior standing or higher. Alternate spring semesters.


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