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Political Science Course Descriptions

PSCI 111, INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE, 4 credits
Introduces students to the different and most fundamental ideas, ideologies, concepts, constructs, principles and systems of government and politics in the world. First year's course.

PSCI 122, AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS, 4 credits
Introduction to federal, state, county, city, township, and town governments. Analyzes and acquaints students with the theories, powers, structures, functions, and problems of federal, state, and local governments.

PSCI 130, INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 4 credits
Introduction to the study of public administration. It encompasses the environment, ideological foundations, structures, functions, and intergovernmental relations of the administrative systems at the national, state, and local levels in the United States in particular and the world in general.

PSCI 205, ADMINISTRATIVE BEHAVIOR, 4 credits
Analyzes and acquaints students with the assumptions, theories, and principles of formal administrative organization, and the impact which the assumption, theories, and principles have on the administrative process and behavior.

PSCI 212, PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS, 4 credits
A study of public policy in the United States, emphasizing the scope, logic, politics, formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy at the national, state, and local levels of American government.

PSCI 216, PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION, 4 credits
The assumptions, theories, and principles of public personnel systems; the evolution, structure, and functions of such systems in the United States; and the problems of in-service programs, collective bargaining, and affirmative action.

PSCI 221, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, 4 credits
An assessment of the similarities and differences in the structure and function of political systems in the world and the cultural religious, social, economic political, and military relations among political systems in the world.

PSCI 228, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, 4 credits
Analysis of the particularities of the United States foreign policy, including economic, political, and military interests. Particular emphasis is placed on U.S. foreign policy relationships with different parts of the world.

PSCI 231, CLASSICAL POLITICAL THEORY, 4 credits
A study of political theories of the classic thinkers. Analysis and evaluation of the basic assumptions and fundamental principles of the political theories of the naturalists, humanists, rationalists, and empiricists.

PSCI 232, MODERN POLITICAL THEORY, 4 credits
Analysis and evaluation of the basic assumptions and fundamental principles of the political theories of thinkers selected from among the great figures in political thought from the sixteenth century to the present day.

PSCI 245, AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT, 4 credits
Categories of black political thought, issues, and individual theorists. Emphasizes the evaluation of concept and meaning of theory, as related to black political thinking.

PSCI 252/253, JUDICIAL PROCESS, 4 credits
Criminal and civil procedures in the administration of justice in the United States. The organization and procedures of federal and state courts, selection of federal and state judges, selection of judicial administrative personnel.

PSCI 254, POLITICS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, 4 credits
Considers the political activities in which blacks engage in order to improve their status. Economic and political aspects of the black community, urban poverty, and goals and strategies of social change and the past, present and future role of black community leaders.

PSCI 305, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 4 credits
A study of the case-by-case interpretation by the Supreme Court of the constitutional and statutory laws of the United States, relative to the institutions of government and politics and the civil liberties and civil rights of the people.

PSCI 310, INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 4 credits
Offers an opportunity to gain service-learning experience and to demonstrate skills at an early stage of the student's career preparation. Seeks to help students meet their aptitude and career goals and establish an attitude of growth and development. May be taken by majors only in junior year.

PSCI 314, PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION, 4 credits
A study of public revenues and the politics of managing, budgeting, appropriating, authorizing, spending, accounting, and auditing them.

PSCI 320, SELECTED TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 4 credits
Acquaints students with unsolved major issues and current major issues in the political arena, including but not limited to those of political party systems, legislative systems, executive systems and judicative systems. Course may be repeated once.

PSCI 321, INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATION, 4 credits
The origin, nature and purpose of the laws of regionalism in international organization, including multipurpose regional organizations and functional regional organizations.

PSCI 340, INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 4 credits
Designed to satisfy the specialized interests of advanced students. Each student enrolled must develop a study plan for the semester, in consultation with a faculty member in the Department, prior to final registration. Course may be repeated once and may be taken by majors only.

PSCI 342, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, 4 credits
Acquaints students with the law of internal administration, the law of external administration, the powers and duties of administrative authorities, the scope and limits of official powers, sanctions, or means of enforcement, and remedies against official actions.

PSCI 406, AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS, 4 credits
An examination of the political development of the countries of Africa. Emphasizes contemporary politics, but attention is also given to pre-European and European-dominated political systems.

PSCI 442, SENIOR SEMINAR, 4 credits
The course is designed to prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities. Emphasis is on research in specialized topics in political science. Students are required to propose, plan, and develop a major research paper in political science. May be taken by discipline seniors only.