Course Descriptions:

REQUIRED COURSES
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.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social 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.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social 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.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES
Choose four (4) courses from the following six (6) options

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. Dual listed as HIST 305.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: PSCI 201

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.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Community, Regional & Global Studies

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.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social 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. Dual-listed as HIST 426.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: PSCI 201

PSCI 441 | Political Science Internship (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. Contact the Center for Engaged Learning for specific details.
Components:
Coop Ed Internship
Prerequisites required:
45 completed hours and good academic standing

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. Dual-listed as BUS 468.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: PSCI 201