Chair: James R. Brown, Jr.
Psychology Building 414
James R. Brown, Jr., Political Thought, Middle East Politics, Russian Politics, American Political Culture
Robert C. Jacobs, Public Law and Government, American Politics, Constitutional Law, American Presidency
Michael A. Launius, Comparative Politics, Asian Politics, International Political Economy, International Politics
Rex Wirth, Public Administration and Public Policy, International Politics, Western Europe
Todd M. Schaefer, American Politics, Public Opinion, Congress, Campaigns and Elections, African Politics
Bang-Soon Yoon, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Women and Politics, Korean Politics, Political Development
Stefanie Wickstrom, Latin America
The Department provides an opportunity for students to become knowledgeable about the general subject matter of political science, while also offering a variety of courses that can provide depth in an area of the student's interest. Flexibility in the selection of courses is stressed.
The Department requires all Political Science majors to participate in the end-of-major assessment exercise at the conclusion of their senior year. Information on the assessment requirement may be obtained from the department's main office.
Graduates of the Department enter career fields such as federal or state government, other public service vocations, secondary school teaching, business, public relations, and the like; or they continue on to graduate study in law or political science.
Political Science Core Requirements Credits POSC 101, Introduction to Politics 5 POSC 210, American Politics 5 POSC 260, Comparative Politics 5 POSC 270, International Politics 5 Political Science Core Total 20
Political Science Major 47 credits (6295)
62 credits (6300)
Students may choose either a 47 credit major (6295) or a 62 credit major (6300). Those who have a second major or who have a minor in another discipline may opt for the 47 credit major.
Required Courses Credits Political Science Core Requirements 20 Select from the following: 5 POSC 481, Early Political Thought (5) POSC 482, Early Modern Political Thought (5) POSC 483, Recent Political Thought (5) POSC 489, Senior Assessment 2 Electives 20 or 35 47 credit major (20) 62 credit major (35) Select from any other courses in this Department. (Any transfer political science electives must be approved by the Department.) Total 47 or 62
Political Science Minor (6300)
Required Courses Credits Political Science Core Requirements 20 Electives 10 Select from any other courses in this department. (Any transfer political science electives must be approved by the Department.) Total 30
POSC 101. Introduction to Politics (5). The basic ideas around which political debate revolves and from which political institutions evolve.
POSC 210. American Politics (5). Origin and development of the United States government; structure, political behavior, organizations and processes; rights and duties of citizens. For general education (breadth) credit, a student must be enrolled in or have completed ENG 101.
POSC 230. State and Local Government (5).
POSC 260. Comparative Politics (5). Comparative political analysis, utilizing a variety of methods and theoretical approaches; application to selected western and non-western systems. Recommended to precede other courses in comparative politics. Formerly POSC 360. Student may not receive credit for both.
POSC 270. International Politics (5). Conditions and principles governing the contemporary nation-state system. Formerly POSC 370. Student may not receive credit for both.
POSC 298. Special Topics (1-6).
POSC 311. Women and Politics (5). The politics of human sexuality: men's and women's rights, sex roles, sexual discrimination, laws governing sexuality, and related issues.
POSC 312. Public Opinion and Political Communication (5). The formation, measurement, and political impact of public opinion. The relationship of mass media to American political attitudes and opinions.
POSC 313. The Legislative Process (5). The Congress of the United States, drafting of bills, legislative leadership, the committee system, relation to executive and judicial branches, pressure groups.
POSC 314. American Presidency (5). The office of the chief executive: its constitutional, political and administrative processes.
POSC 315. Political Campaigns and Elections (5). Evaluations of campaign techniques and practices; campaign financing and expenditures; voting behavior; election theory; elections and public policy.
POSC 318. Political Parties and Interest Groups (5). Theories of party systems; elitism and pluralism; party organization, functions, and activities; status, functions, and activities of interest groups in the public policy-making process.
POSC 320. Public Administration (5). Setting, purpose, functions and performance of public bureaucracy in the United States.
POSC 325. Introduction to Public Policy (3). Institutional context, politics and processes of agenda setting and policy formulation, implementation, evaluation, change and termination in the United States. Formerly POSC 220. Students may not receive credit for both.
POSC 340. Politics and American Capitalism (5). A survey of the interrelationship of the worlds of politics and business enterprise in American history; analysis of relevant philosophical and ideological arguments; case studies in such areas as industrial and trade policy.
POSC 341. Politics and Religion (5). The impact of religion upon American political thought and behavior.
POSC 342. U.S. Foreign Policy (5). Factors, processes and techniques in the formulation and execution of the foreign policy of the United States.
POSC 350. Introduction to Public Law (5). Legal bases and structure of governmental organization; fundamental doctrines and principles of constitutional, international and administrative law.
POSC 361. Latin American Politics (5). A comparative introduction to the political systems, cultures and histories of Latin America and to prominent theories on democracy and political and economic development.
POSC 362. Western European Politics (5). Comparative analysis of politics and government of selected European countries.
POSC 363. Russian and Soviet Politics (5). Evolution, patterns and comparative analyses.
POSC 366. Government and Politics of East Asia (5). An introduction to the politics and governments of selected East Asian countries. Focus will center on China, Japan, and Korea.
POSC 367. Politics of Japan (5). Investigation and analysis of politics and government in contemporary Japan.
POSC 368. Chinese Politics (5). Institutions, processes, policies and personalities of contemporary China.
POSC 369. Korean Politics (5). Political systems, institutions and processes of contemporary North and South Korea.
POSC 373. International Politics of the Pacific Rim (5). Political and economic relations of the contemporary Pacific Rim. Special focus on North America, the Soviet Union, and East Asia.
POSC 375. The Middle East and International Politics (5).
POSC 377. Model United Nations (2). May be repeated for credit.
POSC 378. International Political Economy (3). Political problems of management and development in the global economy and the prospects for creating improved mechanisms at the international level and for the less developed countries.
POSC 385. American Political Thought and Culture (5). The ideas and circumstances that have shaped the political culture of the U.S., as reflected in the works of selected political theorists, politicians and literary figures.
POSC 398. Special Topics (1-6).
POSC 429. Research Seminar in Public Policy (3). Prerequisites, POSC 320, POSC 325. Review of theory and methods, proposal for policy analysis, preparation and presentation of policy analysis.
POSC 451. Introduction to Constitutional Law (5). Role of the United States Supreme Court in shaping governmental structure of the United States.
POSC 452. The Constitution and Human Rights (5). Role of the United States Supreme Court in the development of political and social rights.
POSC 460. Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics (3). Focus on a specific contemporary issue in the field of comparative politics, with an emphasis on in-depth analysis and utilization of available research tools. Subject matter will vary with the instructor and with the changing nature of world politics. May be repeated once for a maximum of six credits.
POSC 470. Contemporary Issues in International Relations (3). Focus on specific contemporary issue in the field of international politics, with an emphasis on in-depth analysis and utilization of available research tools. Subject matter will vary with the instructor and with the changing nature of world politics. May be repeated once for a maximum of six credits.
POSC 481. Early Political Thought (5). Plato to Machiavelli.
POSC 482. Early Modern Political Thought (5). Political thought in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
POSC 483. Recent Political Thought (5). Political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries.
POSC 489. Senior Assessment (2). Required course for Political Science majors. Open only to seniors. A "capstone" course designed to assess students' mastery of fundamental knowledge of politics and of writing and analytical skills.
POSC 490. Cooperative Education (1-12). An individualized contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. Prior approval required. May be repeated. Grade will be S or U.
POSC 496. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.
POSC 498. Special Topics (1-6).
POSC 499. Seminar (1-5).
Undergraduate Courses/Programs on Reserve
The following courses are on reserve and may be offered subject to program needs: POSC 376. International Organization (3).