POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

PS110 Introduction to American

Government and Politics

(4,0) 4

An introductory survey of American national

government and politics.

PS120 Introduction to Legal Processes

(3,0) 3

An introduction to the nature and characteristics

of law as it operates in the United States:

structure and function of the judiciary, process

of litigation, influences on law, and impact and

enforcement of judicial decisions.

PS130 Introduction to State and Local

Government

(4,0) 4

A study of the politics and organization of state

and local governments, with an emphasis on

specific policy issues such as education, criminal

justice and economic development.

PS160 Introduction to Canadian

Government and Politics

(3,0) 3

An introductory survey of Canadian government

and politics.

PS201 Introduction to Public Administration

(3,0) 3

This course provides an overview of the field of

public administration. It examines the types of

organizations, the relation of administration to

politics and public management.

PS211 Political Science Research and

Statistics

(4,0) 4

An introduction to research methods and

statistical applications in political science and

public administration. Among other research

methods, the course examines survey research,

content analysis, experimental design and

analysis of existing data. Introduces students to

the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics,

up through correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/satisfactory

score on ACT or Placement Exam.

PS222 Introduction to the Legal

Profession

(2,0) 2

Students will become familiar with how the law

functions, how the legal profession has evolved,

how to prepare for and apply to law school and

how law schools differ from college. Prerequisites:

PS110 and 120.

PS241 Introduction to International

Relations

(4,0) 4

An introductory study of the factors that

influence the conduct of international relations

and of the various methods by which those

relations are conducted. This material will then

be applied to an examination of some appropriate

current international controversies.

PS247 Model United Nations

(2,0) 2

This course includes required participation in the

model United Nations program, in which

students represent specific countries and

become familiar with their background and

politics. The goal is an understanding of how the

United Nations functions. May be repeated for

up to a total of four credits, but no more than

two credits may be counted toward a political

science major or minor. Prerequisite: Permission

of instructor.

PS290 Research Topics in Political

Science

1-4,0) 1-4

This may take the form of either a research

project or a program of directed reading on a

specific topic. One to four credits over a period

one or two semesters may be granted

according to the nature of the student’s project.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PS301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation

4,0) 4

Examines how public issues and problems are

analyzed to assist in the development of public

policies. Considers the process of evaluating

public programs to determine whether they are

be expanded, cut back or continued at the

current level. Prerequisite: Permission of

Instructor.

PS325 Politics and Media

3,0) 3

Examines the impact of electronic and print

media on contemporary American politics.

Evaluates proposals for changing the method

and role of media coverage of government and

politics. Prerequisites: PS110 and junior

standing.

PS331 Comparative Politics of

Western Europe and Russia

4,0) 4

Institutions and functioning of government in

major European states, such as Great Britain,

France, Germany and Russia. Prerequisite:

PS110.

PS333 Human Rights and World

Politics

4,0) 4

This course provides an introduction to the

international regime for the protection of

individual human rights. This course covers the

basic philosophy, principles, instruments and

institutions that undergird the regime, along with

an overview of several current issues and

debates in the literature related to the crosscultural

conflicts over domestic compliance with

the relevant treaties. Prerequisite: PS110.

PS334 Middle East Politics

3,0) 3

An examination of government and politics in the

Middle East, with special emphasis on the

influences of Islam and nationalism on both

international and domestic politics of the area.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

PS335 European Union Politics

4,0) 4

The primary aim of this course is to provide indepth

knowledge of the institutions and politics

the European Union. The course provides a

general overview of the “State of the Union

from an empirical (rather than theoretical)

perspective. We shall use articles from the

comparative and international politics literature,

along with some legal materials to make sense of

the institutional and policy issues facing the

European Union. It should be emphasized that no

knowledge of international legal processes is

needed for the course. Prerequisite: PS110.

PS340 Politics in Multicultural

Societies

(3,0) 3

An examination of nationalism and other forms

of political conflict arising from ethnic, racial,

linguistic and religious differences in comparative

perspective. Prerequisites: PS110 or PS160

and junior standing.

PS342 International Environmental

Policy

(3,0) 3

This course is intended to familiarize students

with the efforts of the international community to

establish policy guidelines designed to begin the

regulation of the global environment. The course

covers basic concepts to international relations

necessary to understand the general workings of

the nation-state system. It then begins an

exploration of significant historical international

environmental issues and the ways in which

these have been dealt with by the international

community. The course further challenges

students by investigating various alternative

solutions for solving the myriad of global

environmental problems faced by all of

humankind in the new century.

PS351 Political Philosophy I

(4,0) 4

An examination of political philosophy from the

ancient Greeks through the Reformation,

concentrating on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine,

Aquinas and Machiavelli. Prerequisites: PS110

and junior or senior standing.

PS352 Political Philosophy II

(4,0) 4

An examination of political philosophy from the

seventeenth century to the twentieth century,

concentrating on Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau,

Hume, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Hegel, and Marx.

The course includes analysis of the period’s main

ideologies: Conservatism, liberalism, socialism,

communism, anarchism, fascism and national

socialism. Prerequisites: PS110 and junior or

senior standing.

PS357 Politics of Violence

(3,0) 3

An interdisciplinary examination of the origin,

nature and consequences of political violence,

including war, revolution and terrorism.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. May

also be used for sociology credit.

PS364 Political Parties, Interest

Groups and Public Opinion

(3,0) 3

Examines the roles of political parties and

interest groups in the American political system,

especially in elections and lobbying activities.

The formation and uses of public opinion are

also analyzed. Prerequisite: PS110.

PS367 Congress and the Presidency

(4,0) 4

Examines the legislative and executive branches

of government as parts of the policy-making

process. Prerequisite: PS110.

PS401 Principles of Public

Administration

(3,0) 3

Examines major issues and methods in public

administration. Analysis of specific public policy

issues. Prerequisite: Advanced standing.

PS411 U.S. Foreign Policy

(3,0) 3

A study of the formulation and conduct of

American foreign policy. Analysis of relevant

factors, institutions which influence the

formulation and conduct of policy; and an

examination of selected foreign policies.

Prerequisite: PS110.

PS413 The International Legal Order

(4,0) 4

The primary objective of this course is to explore

the reasons for the emergence of the international

legal order as a crucial constraint on

freedom of action of national governments;

is, to understand the impact of the international

legal order on contemporary international

relations. It also seeks to introduce the

substance of international law in selected issueareas,

and to provide an overview of the nature

of international legal reasoning. Throughout

course, we shall emphasize the interaction

and politics, and of national and transnational

legal processes. Prerequisite: PS110.

PS420 Politics of the World Economy

(4,0) 4

Power conflict at the international economic

and its impact on the politics of various nations,

states, regions and interests. Prerequisites:

PS110 or PS160, and junior standing, as well

either EC201 or EC202. PS241 recommended

but not required.

PS463 Seminar in Political Science

(1-3,0) 1-3

A reading and discussion seminar dealing

selected topics in political science. Course

be repeated with permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

PS467 Constitutional Law and Civil

Liberties

(4,0) 4

Principles of the American Constitution:

separation of powers, federalism, the powers

the national and state governments, and

limitations on the exercise of these powers

well as principles of the American Constitution

respecting civil rights and liberties, The Bill

Rights, equal protection of the laws, citizenship

and suffrage, and limitations on the exercise

those rights. Prerequisite: PS120 or its

equivalent..

PS490 Independent Study in Political

Science

(l-3) 1-3

Independent research or directed study under

the supervision of a faculty member. May

repeated for a total of nine credits. Prerequisite:

Permission of instructor.

PS491 Senior Seminar I

(4,0) 4

The first course in a capstone sequence required

of all political science majors. The course

examines the history of political science and

public administration and reviews contemporary

approaches and recent research. Students

prepare a research proposal to be carried out

PS492. Prerequisites: Political science major

senior standing.

PS492 Senior Seminar II

(4,0) 4

Completion of the research project begun in

PS491. Students will make oral presentations of

their project results at the end of the course to

other students, faculty and invited guests.

Prerequisite: PS491.

PS499 Political Science/Public

Administration Internship

(1,9 - 27) 3-9

Students arrange, with the assistance and

approval of the instructor, a supervised work

experience in a governmental, community or

nonprofit organization. Students perform

professional tasks under the supervision of

agency personnel. The students’ review and

evaluation of the work experience is under the

direction of the instructor. Permission of the

instructor required by the seventh week of the

preceding semester. Course may be repeated to

a maximum of nine credits.

 

ECONOMICS

EC201 Principles of Macroeconomics

(3,0) 3

Nature and scope of economics; national income

accounting; problems of unemployment and

price instability; public revenues and expenditures;

money and banking; fiscal and monetary

policies to promote stability and economic

growth. Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/

satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam.

 

GEOGRAPHY

GG201 World Regional Geography

(4,0) alternate years 4

A study of the physical environment, resources,

past and present economic development,

population distribution and historical development

 and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin

America and North America.

 

HISTORY

Special topics courses will be available as need

and interest develop. Consult the semester

course schedule for these.

HS101 History of World Civilization I

(4,0) Fall 4

A study of world civilization from earliest time

through the baroque.

HS102 History of World Civilization

II

(4,0) Spring 4

A study of world civilization from the baroque to

the present.

HS131 United States History I

(4,0) Fall 4

A study of United States history from the

colonial settlement to the end of the American

Civil War in 1865.

 

TEACHER EDUCATION

TE444 Social Studies Methods for

Secondary Teachers

(3,0) 3

Curriculum, objectives, content, materials,

organization, methods and assessment of

teaching social studies to diverse secondary

learners. Students use national and state

standards and benchmarks in planning

instruction and assessment. Integrated

technology component. Fieldwork required.

Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and

admission to teacher education program.