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POLITICAL SCIENCE (POSC)

200  American National Government (3-0-3). Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution, governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes.

218  State and Local Government (3-0-3). A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations, and structure and political process of state and local governments.

290  Topics in Political Science (3-0-3). Formal course in diverse areas of political science. Course may be repeated for different topics. Specific topics will be announced and indicated by subtitle on the student transcript.  PR:  3 credits in political science.

300  Political Thought (3-0-3).  A survey of ancient, medieval, modern, and post-modern political thought.  Special attention given to contemporary political ideologies, including fundamentalism, feminism, environmentalism, and communitarianism.  PR:  POSC 200 or ENGL 201. 

312 Comparative Governments (3-0-3). Comparative study of the world’s major patterns of government; goals, scope and methods of cross-national political analysis with emphasis on the systems of Great Britain, France, and other Western Nations. PR: POSC 200.

325  Judicial Process (3-0-3). Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure, trial and appellate processes. PR: POSC 200.

350  Public Administration (3-0-3). Examines the context within which public administrators at the national, state, and local levels operate.  Topics include the nature of bureaucracy, the legitimacy of public administrators in American governance, governmental budgeting and financial governance, administrative budgeting and financial management, administrative ethics, administrative theory, human resources management, intergovernmental relations, and the public policy process.  PR:  POSC 200.

401  American Constitutional Law (3-0-3). A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200.

404  American Political Parties and Pressure Groups (3-0-3). Study of American politics with emphasis upon the role, organization, functions and processes of political parties and pressure groups. PR: POSC 200.

405  International Relations (3-0-3). Study of major concepts and approaches in world politics and analysis of process, institutions, problems of war and peace, and contemporary trends. PR: POSC 200.

490  Topics in Political Science (3-0-3). Selected topics concerning political issues of historical importance, popular interest, or contemporary relevance. May be repeated for difference topics, offered as announced. PR: 6 hours of political science courses and consent of instructor. PR: POSC 200.

495  Special Topics in Political Science (1-3 hours). Independent research in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: POSC 200, Permission of directing professor and dean.

498  Political Science Internship (1-6 hours). Supervised field experience with a government organization or agency. Beyond submission of completed work assignments and time log, an additional written paper and/or oral presentation may be required depending on the nature of the field experience and the amount of credit requested. Course may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. PR: POSC 200, 218, and consent of instructor.