Political Science

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PSC 1100 : American Government

Constitutional development; national institutions, federalism, civil rights and liberties; instruments of popular control. Pre-requisite for 2100 and 5100-level courses and PSC 6900.

Credits

3

PSC 1200 : International Relations

Theories and concepts in the study of international relations; important and enduring questions in world affairs; trends and changes in the post-Cold War and and post-9/11 world. Prerequisite for 2200 and 5200-level courses and PSC 6900.

Credits

3

PSC 1300 : Comparative Politics

Political dynamics of various countries and regions. Regime types and political institutions. Politics of inclusion and exclusion. Sources of political change and continuity. Pre-requisite for 2300 and 5300-level courses and PSC 6900.

Credits

3

PSC 1400 : Political Theory

A survey of early and modern political thought and its relevance to contemporary politics. Prereqisite for 2400 and 5400-level courses and PSC 6900.

Credits

3

PSC 1900 : Research Seminar

Covers elements required for writing research paper on a problem in political science, including using the library, evaluating and properly citing sources, understanding appropriate research methods, and writing and redrafting a research paper. Prerequisite for PSC 6900.

Credits

3

PSC 2120 : U.S. Congress

Congressional functions, structures, and procedures; distribution of power; elections, representation, parties, committees, and the legislative process. Relations with the President, executive bureaucracy, judiciary, and interest groups. Congress's role in the economy, budgeting, domestic policy, and national security policy.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2125 : U.S. Presidency

The nature, functions, and development of the American presidency, including relations between the president and other Washington actors, the public and the press.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2130 : U.S. Judiciary

Historical overview of the Supreme Court; competing perspectives on judicial behavior; and patterns in the relationship between the Court and other branches of the federal government.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2145 : US Con Law II:Rights&Lib

Major Supreme Court decisions, 1789 to the present, concerning provisions of the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment; emphasis on constitutional "literacy," or the ability to read Court decisions and write about them.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2150 : U.S. Pol. Parties & Elections

The place of parties in national politics; the nature, organization, and functions of political parties; suffrage requirements and election methods; the activities of organized interests.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2180 : U.S. National Security Policy

Development of strategic thought in the United States, arms control and disarmament, intelligence, technology, alliance policy, role of civilian and military branches of government, and related topics.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2190 : U.S. Pub Opinion & Polit Behav

The normative and empirical roles of public opinion and civic involvement in American democrary; conceptual and measurement issues, individual-level and societal factors influencing public opinion and political behavior.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2210 : Globalization

Transformation of international politics through diffusion of ideas, technology, migration, capital and markets. Globalization, diffusion, and interactions of ideas, technology and capital. Effects on domestic and international politics, economics, society.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2220 : International Law

The rules and principles of international law based on a study of treaties, diplomatic practice, and cases dealt with by international and national courts.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2240 : Internat'l Political Economy

Interactions between domestic, comparative and international politics and economics. Institutions, ideas and power dynamics in trade, finance, and development. The movement of labor, goods, services, and capital across national boundaries.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2260 : War and Conflict

Causes of interstate war, laws and norms of war, nuclear proliferation and deterrence, terrorism, civil war, territorial disputes, religion and conflict, and humanitarian and military intervention and peacekeeping.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2310 : Nationalism

National identity and consciousness, origin and development of nations and states. Role and effects of nationalism in modern politics, culture, society, and economy.

Credits

3

PSC 2340 : Politics of the Arab World

Political change in the principal Arab States with emphasis on the diverse forms of rule and political movements. The impact of colonial rule and socioeconomic changes on political life, leadership, social structure, political culture, and modernization.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2350 : African Politics

Politics and societies of contemporary Africa. Colonialism and its legacies. Postcolonial regimes; authoritarianism, neo-patrimonialism and "big man" rule; political reform and democratization. Theories of conflict and conflict resolution. Economic development: International and domestic explanations of poverty and underdevelopment; the HIV crisis, foreign aid, debt and debt relief, and economic reform and renewed growth.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2360 : Latin American Politics

Politics and societies of contemporary Latin America. Legacies of social revolution and authoritarian rule; democratic transition and consolidation; market reforms and their consequences. Democratic representation; the resurgence of the political left; identity politics (race/ethnicity, inclusion and exclusion). US-Latin American relations: immigration, trade, energy, and security policies.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2370 : Third World Politics

Political systems of the developing world, including ideologies, the role of the military, nation building, gender issues, religion, ethnic conflict and additional topics.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 2380 : European Politics

European political institutions, changes in party systems, and impact of European integration/globalization on domestic economies.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 3110 : Politics of Immigration (U.S.)

This course explores the varied perspectives of public, private, and nonprofit leaders on the nature of American citizenship from the founding era to the 21st century. It examines how the meaning of American citizenship continues to shape political life in multiple ways - from legislation, to advocacy, to social service provision in the United States.

Credits

3

PSC 3130 : Women and Politics in the U.S.

Why women traditionally have been marginal to political life; the efforts of women in the past and today to change that fact; the problems that must be solved before women can translate their numerical strength into political power.

Credits

3

PSC 3140 : Race, Ethnicity & Pol. in U.S.

The importance of race and ethnicity in American politics, and the politics (historical, legal, attitudinal, and behavioral) of four of the United States' principal racial and ethnic minority groups-blacks (African-Americans), Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans.

Credits

3

PSC 3150 : Political Psychology

The interplay between politics and psychology; principles, terminology, and methods of psychological theories to understand how people think and feel about politics and how politics affects their thinking.

Credits

3

PSC 3220 : Middle East International Rels

Intra-regional and international problems facing the Middle East: the struggle for independence; the impact of the Cold War; the protracted conflict between Israelis and Arabs; and the tensions in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

Credits

3

PSC 3230 : Development and Aid

Development and the role of official development assistance. Includes aid effectiveness, modalities, impact of globalization, conflation of aid with strategic purpose, and rising influence of non-traditional donors, such as China and oil-exporting countries.

Credits

3

PSC 3240 : East Asia Political Economy

Interactions between domestic and international actors in Asia; role of political regimes, institutions and firms; dynamic processes of trade and financial sector liberalization and economic crisis.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 1200 or junior standing.

PSC 3250 : Genocide and Mass Killing

Definitions of genocide and mass killing, causes of genocide and mass killing, contexts in which violence occurs, dynamics of violence, variations in violence, individual motivations of perpetrators, rescue and resistance, obstacles and opportunities for intervention and prevention, tribunals and truth commissions.

Credits

3

PSC 3320 : Russian Politics

The contemporary Russian political system; political transformation from the Communist system which preceded it.

Credits

3

PSC 3330 : British Politics

Development of the British state; the powers of Parliament and other institutions; the British welfare state, public opinion, and policing; questions of union and devolution; major current topics in British politics.

Credits

3

PSC 3340 : Irish Conflict and Peace

Foundations of the Irish state; political system and party system development; conflict in Northern Ireland; relations within the divided island and between the Irish Republic and Britain; Irish social, political cultural and economic development; gender in Irish society and politics; Ireland in the international political system.

Credits

3

PSC 3420 : American Political Thought

The founding of the American Republic; nature of the federal union, factions, popular sovereignty, the extended republic, representation, separation of powers, and checks and balances. Subsequent issues and controversies about these and related matters.

Credits

3

PSC 3440 : Politics and Religion

The nature of religious and political identity; the possibility and desirability of keeping them apart; the relationship between religion and politics in a free society; religious pluralism, its requirements and consequences; the prospects for "civil religion."

Credits

3

PSC 5110 : Ind Study in Am Gov & Politics

Readings, research, and writing on topics in American government and politics under faculty supervision. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and department chair.

PSC 5210 : Ind Study in Intern'l Rel

Readings, research, and writing on topics in international relations under faculty supervision. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and department chair.

PSC 5310 : Ind Study in Comparative Pol

Readings, research, and writing on topics in comparative politics under faculty supervision. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and department chair.

PSC 5410 : Ind Study in Political Theory

Readings, research, and writing on topics in political theory under faculty supervision. Pre-requisite; permission of instructor and department chair.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and department chair.

PSC 6160 : Washington Minimester

A three-week program of seminars in Washington, D.C. with public officials, staff members, party leaders, and interest group representatives. Held annually in mid-May. Enrolls the previous fall. Limit: 15 students. Permission of instructor required.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor required.

PSC 6900 : Political Sci Seminar

Capstone seminar on specialized topics in political science.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSC 1100 and PSC 1200 and PSC 1300 and PSC 1400 and PSC 1900

PSC 7000 : Research Concepts & Approaches

Tools needed to think critically about questions of political science; various research methods employed by political scientists; skills necessary to write cogent essays and conduct original research. .

Credits

3