Course Requirements

Core courses:  8 quarter hours

Intermediate Courses:  20 quarter hours

  • One Political Culture course (PSC 210 through 219)
  • One American Politics course  (PSC 220 through 229)
  • One Political Thought course  (PSC 230 through 239)
  • One International Relations course (PSC 240 through 249)
  • One Comparative Politics course (PSC 250 through 259)

Advanced courses:  16 quarter hours

  • Four courses from at least two of the following areas:
    • Methodology  (PSC 300 through 309)
    • Political Culture  (PSC 310 through 319)
    • American Politics  (PSC 320 through 329)
    • Political Thought  (PSC 330 through 339)
    • International Relations  (PSC 340 through 349)
    • Comparative Politics  (PSC 350 through 359)
    • Public Law  (PSC 360 through 369)
    • Civic Engagement  (PSC 380 through 389)

PSC electives:  12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level

Open Electives

Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc.  Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.

Course Listing by Category

Methodology

Political Culture

American Politics

Political Thought

International Relations

Comparative Politics

Public Law

Experiential Politics

Advanced Study

PSC 200

POLITICAL INQUIRY

This course analyses the types of questions asked in political science and explores various ways in which political scientists try to address them. It introduces the student to both approaches that are widely shared in the field and to major debates about theory and method.

PSC 311

DIASPORAS AND GENDER

Explores the politics of gender and identity as they unfold in the movement and displacement of peoples from one nation-state to others. Focuses the role of women in the exit, transit, entrance and settlement of diaspora communities. Questions are raised about the place of women in the family; labor markets, and in the construction of identities. The broader dilemmas of displacement, cultural conflict, destruction and reconstruction of identities as well as the role of memory are explored through critical readings of literary texts.

PSC 320

DYNAMICS OF PUBLIC POLICY

Competing theories of policy formulation and the application of these theories to current policy contexts. Problems of policy implementation will be considered.

PSC 326

AGENDA SETTING AND PUBLIC POLICY

This course examines theories of agenda setting and decision making in public policy. It offers empirical and theoretical analyses of linkages between the rise and fall of issues from the agendas of the United States Congress, President, media, interest groups, and public opinion.

PSC 256

SOUTHEAST ASIAN POLITICS

A comparative examination of political institutions, processes, and contemporary problems in select countries such as Laos, Kampuchea, Burma, and Thailand. Issues such as insurgency, modernization, democracy, and political development are featured.

PSC 381

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY

This course provides an understanding of the public policy process and integrates classroom learning with developments in our community. Volunteer service in an off-campus organization or agency working on a public policy issue is required as part of the course.
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