Political Science Course Descriptions

PSCI 201 |American National Government (3 credit hours)
This course is a thorough introduction to the U.S. political system, its institutions and processes. Topics will include the
Constitutional founding, federalism, political culture, Congress, the Presidency, judiciary, bureaucracy, public opinion and the
media, the electoral process, and civil liberties.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 202 | State and Local Government (3 credit hours)
This course includes description and analysis of political institutions and behavior in American states with interstate comparisons
and comparisons between state and national political systems. Lecture topics include the development and role of American local
government, its forms and structures, and the relationship to the federal government.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 301 | Comparative Government (3 credit hours)
This course includes a comparative analysis of political systems and institutions of several nations; the nations studied may change
with each offering. The course emphasis is on political culture, comparative political history, chief executives, legislatures, political
parties, interest groups, courts, and policy making with ample comparisons to the U.S.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 305 | American Leadership (3 credit hours)
This course uses the works of historians and political scientists to examine leadership in its many facets – leading organizations,
fostering change, winning elections, creating movements, and shaping public opinion. Cross listed as Hist 305.
Prerequisite Required: PSCI 201
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 307 | Women in American History and Politics (3 credit hours)
This course is an introductory survey of American women’s history from pre-contact to the present with an emphasis on
women’s roles in the nation’s political and civic life.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 312 | Engagement in the Legislative Process (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to give students the tools they need for engagement in the legislative process at all levels of American
government; local, state, and national. Students will work in small collaborative groups to identify a contemporary political issue
and analyze it from a socio-cultural perspective. The culminating activity will be to develop innovative strategies to positively
impact the proposed legislative policies that address the issue.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies
Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 316 | Engagement in the Election Process (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to educate students about and provide opportunities for engagement in the election process at all levels of
American government; local, state, and national. Student will individually volunteer in a political candidate’s campaign,
collectively organize and conduct a candidate forum at Peru State College, and collectively organize and conduct an election night
event (non-partisan) at Peru State.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies
Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 325 | American Political Thought (3 credit hours)
This course describes the major fields and periods of American political thought, its major works, and the scholarly
interpretations of those works.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 341 | Modern Europe (3 credit hours)
This course offers a comparative historical analysis of the ongoing process of modernization in Europe. The emphasis is on
movements and institutions such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Romanticism, Socialism, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism from
1815 to the present. Cross listed as HIST 341.
Prerequisite Required: HIST 202
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 351 | Modern Africa (3 credit hours)
Modern Africa presents the history of sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating on the events of the last three centuries and providing
comparisons with European and American history. Cross listed as HIST 351.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies
Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 371 | Modern Middle East (3 credit hours)
This course examines the recent history of the Middle East region, focusing on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the growth of
fundamentalism and terrorism, and the international conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Cross listed as HIST 371.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies
Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 401 | International Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)
This course describes the variety of means used since 1945 to resolve international conflicts, focusing on diplomacy, United
Nations programs, humanitarian intervention, and non-violent social initiatives.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 426 | American Constitutional Law (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical and political context of constitutional doctrine through major decisions. The emphasis is on
constitutional growth as it relates to the fundamental structure of American government and the social order. Cross listed as
HIST 426.
Prerequisite Required: PSCI 201
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science

PSCI 468 | Public Administration (3 credit hours)
Students will study a range of topics involved in the administration of public agencies. Topics will include the history of America’s
public service, the development of intergovernmental relations, bureaucracies, public personnel, budgeting, decision making,
evaluation procedures, and regulatory administration. This class will encourage students to investigate the role of public
administration in the past and today, as well as to conjecture the possibilities for the future. Cross listed as BUS 468.
Prerequisite Required: PSCI 201
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema – Soc Science